[From June 1, 2012]
"As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."
For a time, I used to love to watch the television show, "MAN VS. WILD." Bear Ghrylls, former British military extraordinaire & outdoors-man, places himself in all kinds of perilous environments & terrains.... then shows others how to survive in the wild. It's quite compelling to watch.
One of the basic tenants he teaches is the need for water. That's not surprising, of course. But he does warn against the dangers of stagnant water. Avoid it at all costs. Too much bacteria! Flowing streams are much better (& he even shows us how to filter water, but that's for another day).
In Psalm 42, the author makes a spiritual connection to Bear Ghrylls' practical advice. His soul longs for the "flowing streams" of God. No stagnant & stale religion. His spirit "thirsts for the living God." I believe we were all created with that "divine thirsting" in our souls. Too often, however, we settle for stale and stagnant religion... an expression of God that is less than life-changing. Shame on us. God is active, alive, and ready to change us - if only we'll let him. Pray, search the Scriptures, connect in worship, enjoy nature, connect with friends in the faith... all are ways God can "show up" in our lives in real & powerful ways!