David the elderly King of Israel was overthrown by his son Absalom. Most of the nation sided with the rebel and the king had to run for his dear life. With a few loyal men and members of his house they were trekking for hours through hostile territory. Beaten, battered and absolutely exhausted, they had to press on and cross into a neighbouring nation. Going over a stream of water, David felt like a deer being pursued by a hunting party. The experience resulted in Psalm 42. When deer are running for their life, the hunter does all things possible to extinguish them. For the deer, this is the run for his life. For the hunter this is just another meal.
The challenges of life had pushed David to the extreme and zapped all strength from him. As you can imagine running for your life as your own son and the entire nation you have loved and laboured for are gunning for your head. But watching deer getting refreshed at the streams of water turned the lights on in his heart. All the challenges he faced would be forgotten if only he could get a good long drink from the river of God. Even today, the many varying challenges of life melt like butter on fire if we can get into the river of God. Life can be exhausting but God can refresh you. Get into the river of God for the drink of life!
SCRIPTURE READING: Psalms 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
DEVOTION PRAYER: Heavenly Father, my soul pants for You. All my challenges are forgotten every time am refreshed by You. Today, I drink from Your river of life. Amen