“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.” Psalm 42:1-2
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.” Isaiah 55:1-2
Though a degree of uneasiness is connected with thirsting and panting — yet when considered as signs of spiritual life, they call for grateful acknowledgments, especially since they constitute a state of mind to which God applies great and precious promises. Wherefore, let not the hungry and exhausted despond, as though refreshment and strength would forever be withheld from them. They are invited to receive a supply from the Divine fountain. Nor shall it ever be said, “You approach in companies too large,” or “you ask too much.” The Holy Spirit produces the thirst, which qualifies us to receive from Jesus, and then He leads us for the satisfaction of our appetite to Jesus. The thirst of grace is always definite, springing from spiritual life. It can only be satisfied with spiritual blessings. Christ, and Christ alone, will satisfy the soul that is really taught of God. If the Holy Spirit has led me to thirst for spiritual blessings, I shall never be put off without them — but my soul will continue to cry until God gives them.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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