The first time I remember buying bottled water was years ago in Mexico. Everyone advised, “Don’t drink the water,” and I heard stories from friends who drank local tap water only to become quite ill.
It was unsafe for our digestive system to drink water that everyone else (who was accustomed to the water and whatever it had in it) was drinking and so our water had to be boiled or bottled.
Frankly, before then, I took water for granted. It seemed to always be there when I needed it: grandma’s refrigerator, school playground fountain, our kitchen faucet and even the water hose outside. It was plentiful.
On one particular Mexico business trip in the heat of summer, I focused for every opportunity to buy water. I never knew how much water I truly drank until that trip and I had to purchase it daily. I learned how to negotiate the price of water in the Mexican dialect. My need was a great motivator to learn at least that much of the language.
David speaks of his soul as being thirsty (for God) in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. In his travels and fleeing from Saul, certainly there were moments that he had lived this experience in the wilderness.
He knew what it was like to be physically thirsty because there was no water, but here he is spiritually thirsty, longing for the presence of God in his life. But it seems like God isn’t to be found in the land.
He is desperate for the Lord and so he is willing to rise up early and to meditate late into the night. He goes to the sanctuary. He looks in the places where he can get his thirst quenched. He longs for God.
I often wonder, do we thirst for God like that? When you are thirsty you are willing to go out of your way and be inconvenienced to quench your thirst. Are we willing to rise early to study God’s word, or study into the night? Do we show up in church looking for God or have we started looking for something else?
Thinking about a Psalm this morning it struck me that this is a song of David’s heart. Over and over again you find him panting for the grace, mercy, love, refuge, or presence of GOD.
This is the one note that he plays over and over, “Only God will satisfy!”
I wonder what David would think of all of the songs that stream on the internet or play on the radio these days? It seems many songs don’t even pretend to be of romance anymore but are filled with innuendo and panting for unhealthy physical excitement….temptation, inspired by what?
Is our culture so far removed from God, yet still so thirsty for His presence in our lives? I can’t even tell who the major recording artists are anymore. In so many songs, there is much hate, sorrow and social engineering toward dark and evil thinking. Teens and adults pant after physical affection (in our songs), but miss the relationship completely… like the child who is so spoiled on Kool-Aid that he can’t drink the regular water anymore.
Jeremiah hit the nail on the head when he penned: “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, [And] hewn themselves cisterns–broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13).
We can lack hunger for God when we become satisfied in the things of this world. John Piper wrote, “The greatest adversaries of love for God are not His enemies, but His gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth.”
This is why we must continue to ask God to turn our eyes away from worthless things and preserve our life according to His Word.
In Psalm 63, David wrote, “You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You.” God wants us to seek Him and have a loving bond with Him, as David did. So, how are we to do this?
🔹Knowing Him takes priority above all other matters. David used the word thirst to describe his passion to know the Lord (Psalm 63:1); the apostle Paul likened his dedicated pursuit of God to a race (1 Corinthians 9:24). When we seek after Him with our heart and mind, we will find our soul becoming satisfied.
🔹Spend time in God’s Word. Making time to read and meditate on Scripture is essential for every believer. That’s how we learn who God is, how He works, and what He desires for us and the body of Christ. When we strive to know and understand the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will make the meaning spring to life.
Quench thirst by dedicating time to knowing and experiencing God is a critical step toward a satisfying walk with Him.
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