For the director of music. A maskil[c] of the Sons of Korah.
1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
I've been thinking about deer tonight so this psalm comes to mind as well. My husband survived a run-in with a deer late Saturday night. It ran into his car or the car ran into him. It's all a matter of perspective. The deer survived as did my husband. The car isn't looking so good, however, but it's still running. Tonight I was driving in one of our town's two busiest streets and had my own deer encounter. Thankfully the deer made it across the road without harm, causing only a traffic slowdown as drivers' eyes strained to see it in the dark. The thought of a deer panting for water does well illustrate what my soul's desire is or should be for my God. So because of this psalm; and, yes, I'll have to admit it, Disney's "Bambi" movie, I'm always going to appreciate deer... unless it's one standing in my headlights.
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