As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. Psalms 42:1 NLT
If you've ever been to the Arizona desert, you'll know what dry heat means. When it's 100+ degrees outside, it feels like standing in front of a hot oven with the door open; all you feel is heat without a hint of moisture. You quickly learn always to carry a filled water bottle to cope with the heat. Without proper fluid, there's a risk of dehydration. Also, nothing quenches and refreshes our thirst like clean, cold water.
Something like this happens with our souls. Without drinking from God's spiritual streams, our souls can become bone-dry. Sin is dehydrating! When we stop drinking from that cold, clean water of Christ, our unbearable thirst grows. When we quit going to church, reading the Bible, and praying, we sacrifice what is as vital to our souls as water is to our physical bodies.
Like the parched deer, we must go to the reviving stream and drink. Sometimes we only need a few gentle laps, others a long, deep drink. But, regardless of how long we spend, we need to drink continually to overcome the dehydration of sin.
God, thank you for your refreshing waters. Help us remember to drink daily until our souls are sated. Amen.