"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God." (Psalm 42:1)
In "God's Word for Today" David Woods writes:
Psalms 42 and 43 are all about a passion to worship God. This is seen powerfully in the word picture found in these verses. Yet the modern reader can easily mistake what the psalmist was saying. “Brooks” here does not refer to a bubbling stream perpetually flowing from some spring. Rather, this is “the translation of a Hebrew word used for channels which sometimes flow with water, but which are only ravines in the arid season. The deer, who has come to this wadi for a drink, has found only dust.”
Discussion: Have you ever experienced a "dry" season of life spiritually? How did you find satisfaction for your soul?
Source: Studies in the Psalms: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 41.