In the Psalms, David compares his thirst for God to a deer panting for the waters. This metaphor is meaningful to us, because it helps us understand our moving in the Spirit in times of spiritual warfare.
When the deer is hunted, he goes into the river and stays submerged as long as he can; and he swims in the middle so the hounds cannot catch his scent. When the deer is being chased, he becomes faint and longs to drink the water. In spiritual warfare, we seek the living waters of God with an intense desire. The more we stay in the stream of the river of God, the more the living waters keep us safe. This desire will meet opposition, but increase as we are filled with the Spirit of God.
We find ourselves panting for the outpouring of God’s spirit in all situations. We keep praising the Lord, believing He quenches our thirst, and He keeps us deep in the river of His glory. He protects us from our enemies. Deep calls unto deep! In the presence of God, there is fullness of joy. God’s presence eliminates the presence of evil. God increases our thirst for Him so we become more and more submerged, and remain in that healing place. The fragrance of Christ increases upon us and the enemy must flee. More of Christ is our aim, from glory to glory!
Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.”