Spurgeon: Thirst is a perpetual appetite

As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.

Charles H. Spurgeon writes on Psalm 42 in the Treasury of David:

The next best thing to living in the light of the Lord’s love is to be unhappy till we have it, and to pant hourly after it—hourly, did I say? thirst is a perpetual appetite, and not to be forgotten, and even thus continual is the heart’s longing after God. When it is as natural for us to long for God as for an animal to thirst, it is well with our souls, however painful our feelings.

John 7:37-38 states “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

Note:  John Piper preached a sermon Saturday, February 19, 2011 on this text in John 7″Out of Your Heart Will Flow Rivers of Living Water” which can be found at DesiringGod.org after Monday afternoon of February 21, 2011.  You will find this sermon very helpful!


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