Psalm 42:1-2 & a Whitetail Deer Doe, Lake Manawa State Park, Iowa.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks
So my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?”
Thirst for God
In psalm 42 the psalmist longs for God in a time of trouble. He pours out His heart to God in an emotion filled psalm. His words remind us that in both joy and sadness we have a deep need for God.
Let our souls thirst and long after God. For there is no greater desire than to know God and experience His presence. He means more to us than water means to a thirsty deer.
Be encouraged by reading more of Psalm 42 in the Bible.
Hebrews 10:24-25 and Sandhill Cranes Take Flight at Dawn, Platte River Valley, Central Nebraska.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
Meeting Together with Fellow Believers
The Bible calls us to encourage one another and to help each other grow in faith. The primary way we do this is by meeting together.
With the Covid-19 threat some areas have placed heavy restrictions on churches, but in other areas the restrictions are minimal. Too many believers who live in less restricted areas still aren’t attending church. They view services online or not all, but believers need to realize that “online church” is not church.
God understands that some of us cannot get out and go, but for those of us who can, God commands us to gather together. We can meet in our church buildings or in our homes. It doesn’t matter where, it just matters that we do.
The Bible calls us not live in fear (2 Timothy 1:7) and the proper precautions need to be taken, but God wants His people to meet together.
Read all of Hebrews 10.
Psalm 68:4-5 and Desert Rock Formations, Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
“Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him. A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, is God in His holy habitation.” Psalm 68:4-5
Even Through Deserts
Praise the Lord that He is “a father to the fatherless.” Though a desert seems barren there is life there. If you look close at this desert landscape photo you will see a bird flying above the rock formations. God carries us through our lives and through deserts. We are never barren when we have the Lord.
Read all of Psalm 68
1 John 5:12 and a Hover Fly Pollenates a Buttercup, Western New York State
“He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.” I John 5:12
Find life in Jesus
Just as the flower offers a promise to the hover fly, Christ offers the promise of a new life to us. Life in Him is sweeter than the nectar from any flower.
We find eternal life in Jesus alone. We follow after Him to find truth and salvation. Click here to learn more about Jesus.
Be encouraged by all I John 5, a Chapter about overcoming the world by believing in Christ.
Psalm 31:14-15 and a Monarch Butterfly on Zinnia, Eastern Nebraska.
“But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD, I say, “You are my God.” My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.” Psalm 31:14-15
In God’s Hands
Seasons change, but our times are always in God’s hands. Soon all monarch butterflies will head south at a time when no one told them to leave, to a place no one ever told them to go. No monarch alive today has ever been to their winter grounds nor has ever met a monarch who has been there. But yet God will tell them when to go and where to go.
Just like God leads the monarchs, He leads us as well. Our lives may be going to a place we have never been to and don’t know how to get to, but God knows. He knows exactly where we are going and how to get there.
In Psalm 31 David called out to God in his time of need. You can read it here.
To find out more about the monarchs’ migration check out this DVD. My Bible study and I really enjoyed it.