I open my mouth and pant because I long for Your commands. – Psalm 119:131
If you have never heard of “Cat and Dog Theology,” then I highly recommend you pick up this book (Cat and Dog) by my good friend, Gerald Robison. While the analogy certainly has its limits, Gerald stresses the difference between a “cat-Christian” (a person who believes that this life is all about him) and a “dog-Christian” (one who believes that this life is all about God).
When I came upon the verse above, I was reminded of the two dogs we had when we lived in hot, dusty West Africa. We kept a large bowl of water out for them in the courtyard and after some vigorous ball-catching and running they would practically “attack” the source of their refreshment. They were SO thirsty! It almost seems that the Psalmist had such a picture in mind when he expressed his own panting, longing thirst for God’s Word.
For what do you most long and thirst? What alone can satisfy? I guess it depends on whether you bark or mew.
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. – Pearl S. Buck