As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 42:1-5 (NIV)
I wonder sometimes if I am doing enough as a father to instill a thirst for God in my children. Do I set an example of dependence on God day after day? Have I planted the idea in them that sometimes the only way to appreciate a cool drink is to know what it is like to be really thirsty? I have to admit that I don’t know. While I am certainly working on moving closer to Christ, I can’t give you a measurement of how far I have to go. I am stilling learning what it is to thirst for God.
That isn’t such a bad place to be, I guess. Maybe it is okay for my girls to see that I’m not perfect and that I am still working on what it is to follow Jesus. Or maybe it is okay for me to be okay with them seeing my imperfection. That is one of the most notable characteristics of the Psalms; their transparent honesty. Yet that honesty is always tempered with truth. It is why the downcast soul can put its hope in God.
So I will live imperfectly with my children, transparent and honest about my life with God, but always rooted in the truth. That sounds like a good way to instill a thirst for God in all of us.
Lord, help us to live honestly together as a family. Give us a thirst for You above all other things. Amen.