Keep Calm and Read a Psalm 42:1-2

“As the hart [deer] 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?”

Sweltering, sweating, parched, exhausted—basically describes every summer day in south Alabama (or South Carolina!). Especially for a little girl without a pool, water suddenly becomes the most amazing gift. Afternoons spent playing with the water hose or in a neighbor’s pool are oases in months of dry summer. You scheme to make them happen. You crave even an hour in a pool or river or (maybe!) even the ocean.

That’s what the Psalmist is saying about time with God. An hour to spend in prayer, Bible-reading, and worship is a refreshing break in this draining world. He craves it like a man would water in the desert—and that’s a lot!

Too often we are overwhelmed in the depressing day-to-day, desperate for relief, but unsure where to seek it. Playing Facebook games or watching TV distracts us, but it doesn’t provide the same cleansing and relief as time with God. When you feel overwhelmed this week, take some time to refresh yourself in God’s Word!

Kara R., AL


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