“As The Hart Panteth After The Waterbrooks” (Ready to Worship S5E11)

Ready to Worship Season 5, Episode 11 for Friday, April 7, 2017

In the Forty-Second Psalm, David wrote, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psa. 42:1-2). David was an outdoorsman. The early years of his life were spent keeping his father’s sheep. The next years of David’s life were spent wandering through rugged wilderness areas to avoid capture by Saul. He was hunted like an animal. David was like a hart or deer fleeing from the hunter. Perhaps David had witnessed a scene like this during his years in the wilderness. All that I know for sure is that David used this description and related it to worship.

Transcript

In the Forty-Second Psalm, David wrote, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God:  when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psa.  42:1-2). 

David was an outdoorsman. The early years of his life were spent keeping his father’s sheep. They were spent sleeping under the stars. They were spent fighting lions and bears that rose up against the sheep. 

The next years of David’s life were spent wandering through rugged wilderness areas to avoid capture by Saul. He was hunted like an animal. At times, only a step separated David from death. I’m sure there were times that David’s heart was beating out of hIs chest. There were times when he was out of breath and thirsting for water. David was like a hart or deer fleeing from the hunter. Perhaps David had witnessed a scene like this during his years in the wilderness. All that I know for sure is that David used this description and related it to worship. 

Like a deer, David was being hunted. Saul was hot on his heels. David was tired. He was thirsty. He wanted God like a deer wants water. For David, worship wasn’t drudgery. It was his delight. It wasn’t how soon David could get out of the assembly. It was how soon he could get to the assembly. Later in the Forty-Second Psalm, he wrote, “When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday” (Psa. 42:4). 

Today, we are being hunted. Instead of Saul, it is Satan that is after us (1 Per. 5:8). He is also hot on our heels. We need water for our souls. We need God. He alone can quench our thirst. He alone can give us rest. As we get ready to worship, let’s seek God like a deer seeks the waterbrooks. 

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