Words from the Heart for Thursday May 18th, 2017
As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
Psalm 42:1 (NRSV)
My Soul Longs for You
These words have become a modern day song and have been sung by so many. It is the Lord who not only puts this longing in our hearts but also fulfills it. The deer out in the woods knows it needs the water to live. We also need the Lord. Let’s head constantly in His direction. Let us ask forgiveness for neglecting Him. He’s waiting to draw us close.
Between 1869 and the late 1930s, over 100,000 children were sent to Canada from the British Isles. Motivated by social and economic forces, churches and philanthropic organizations sent orphaned, abandoned and pauper children to Canada. Many believed that these children would have a better chance for a healthy, moral life in rural Canada, where families welcomed them as a source of cheap farm labour and domestic help. After arriving by ship, the children were sent to distributing and receiving homes and then sent on to farmers in the area. Although many of the children were poorly treated and abused and longed to return to Britain, others experienced a better life here than if they had remained in the urban slums of England. Many served with the Canadian and British Forces during both World Wars.
We all have experienced a deep longing for something – it might be for something profound, like being loved unconditionally – or something as simple as comfort food. Then there is the deep spiritual longing for a relationship with our Creator. King David understood that longing, and describes it this way in Psalm 42:1: “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.” There is a reason why the worship song based on this Psalm is so popular, years after being written. The longing that David describes here is common in our day too. When God created men and women He breathed into them the breath of life. He walked with them daily in the Garden of Eden and they enjoyed close fellowship with Him. Sin destroyed this relationship, and brought about the longing that is in every human heart for intimacy with our Creator. When we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ by faith, immediately we have peace with God, because sin has been removed and our relationship is restored. The emptiness is gone. But something happens at the moment. A new longing begins. Not for peace with God, but for deeper and deeper intimacy with God. We want to know Him more and to walk more closely with him. We long to drink of His blessings and presence as a deer drinks from a clear mountain stream. The good news is that God always fills that longing.
These have been words from the heart.