I love the imagery that the psalmist begins with here, a deer aching for water. It could have been to escape the heat or escape a predator, but either way, it is clear that water is all it desires. In the same way, that is how we should long for God.
How often are we asking ourselves how we can better position our days to allow for intentional time with Jesus? With how busy our day-to-day lives can be with work, school, kids, and everything in-between, it is easy to push meeting with God to the bottom of our to-do lists. The world pushes the perspective that in order to find value, worth, success, or fulfillment, we must be busy, hustle, and do it all in our own strength. The irony is that taking a break from the busyness and making time to commune with God, as the top priority, gives us the clarity in what it is we can and should be pouring our time and energy into and the stamina to do so. In our own power, we eventually crash and burn. When we are intentional about meeting with God on a regular basis, He is able to give us strength in what He has called us to do, to ultimately fulfill His purposes for us.