Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 12, 2018

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.”

Today’s devotion comes from Joel chapter 1.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joel+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“9 The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
From the house of the LORD.
The priests mourn,
The ministers of the LORD.

13 Gird yourselves with sackcloth
And lament, O priests;
Wail, O ministers of the altar!
Come, spend the night in sackcloth
O ministers of my God,
For the grain offering and the drink offering
Are withheld from the house of your God.”  Joel 1:9 and 13.

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In today’s Scripture, there is a lot about which to cry and mourn and wail.  The devastation was total.  There was no food left.  Even the water was gone.  Everything was destroyed.

“Hear this, O elders,
And listen, all inhabitants of the land.
Has anything like this happened in your days
Or in your fathers’ days?”  Verse 2.

“Alas for the day!
For the day of the LORD is near,
And it will come as destruction from the Almighty.”  Verse 15.

It would seem that the lack of grain offering and drink offering to offer God in the house of God would not be worthy of comment.  But, we see it mentioned at least twice as a cause of mourning and lament in the two verses quoted above.  Verses 9 and 13.

When we consider in comparison whether or not we mourn if something interferes with our worship of God, we will likely realize how easy is it for us to skip attending church or skip reading God’s Word!

Dear Heavenly Father:

We are dead in our sin.  Please make us alive.  Please remove our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh.  PLEASE FORGIVE US!  Please draw us to Yourself.  Please restore us to the joy of Your salvation.  Please cause us to pant after You.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.”  Psalm 42:1-4.

“Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.”  Psalm 42:11.

“25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm 73:25-26.


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