Thirsty

Thirsty

Is your soul thirsty?

Do you have sufficient energy for today? How about for this week? Have you struggled with some perplexing problem over the last few days that has taxed your sleep and therefore taxing your approach to this new day?

Psalm 63:1

1“O God, You are my God, earnestly I will seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

I often talk about being satisfied and having peace and rest. I see how much I/we need it. These are ongoing needs that we must be continually seeking God for. It is not that we have to work for them, but that we must know that these things come from Him alone and we need to stay close to Him.

When we are perplexed it drains us of our energy. Worrying is tiresome work! Problem-solving is also tiresome work.

Let’s look at our verse:

“O God, You are my God…”

What does that mean?

  1. That is who He is. Right? He is God.
  2. The Psalmist, David, is putting his trust in Him to meet his needs because God is the supplier of our needs.
  3. David sees that he can go to God for much more than just physical needs. As we will see.
  4. He is his God. He worships and trusts this God as his own Great Holy God. David knows who He is.

Back to the verse:

“…earnestly I will seek You…”

David knows that God is His source and he knows that seeking Him earnestly is the way to be close to God.

Then:

“…my soul thirsts for You…”

Here, David is using the analogy of being thirsty as for water, but he needs God to satisfy his thirst for communion (deep intimate relationship) with Him. We all need this. Our hearts long for Him – thirst for Him. Even if we ignore it, our souls really do thirst for Him.

“…my body longs for You…”

In that sweet communion with God that we all need, there is peace and rest. Our bodies long for the communion with God that brings the satisfying of our thirst that only He can bring, and with it will come peace and rest. My whole self not only my spirit yearns for God. So does your whole self, yearn for God. We are a whole person. We cannot be divided up into separate parts.

“…in a dry and weary land…”

Doesn’t that phrase just make you feel tired? So can’t you see how God can satisfy our thirst for Him (in sweet communion with Him) and at the same time give us that restorative peace and rest?

He wants to do this for each one of us.

“…where there is no water.”

There is no water that can satisfy… there is nothing that can satisfy the need, the longing, in us for God. He put that need there. He is the only one who can satisfy the need for Him.

Nothing in this world will satisfy the need for Him. When we live being satisfied by God, we have more readiness for each new day. In that communion with Him, we will find our rest more fruitful and our peace deeper and more sustaining.

This is what I need. How about you? Let’s read it again:

Psalm 63:1

1“O God, You are my God, earnestly I will seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Years Ago

God showed me, years ago, that this world can never satisfy me. He showed me that longing for the things of this world is a waste of time, energy and focus. I am by no means saying that I have mastered it from my side of things but I quickly remember that lesson when I fall back into the same old trap.

What a Brat!!!

In my early twenties, before we had even had kids, I had my heart set on a new car. I ate, slept and drank with new car brain. We finally decided which one to buy and bought it. We drove it home on a Friday evening. On Saturday morning when I woke up, I went to look out the window at it to make sure I had not dreamed the whole thing. Sure enough, it was still there. On Tuesday I got sideswiped and the whole right side of it was messed up. The PINK slip was still in the glove compartment. I had not even gotten the tag for it yet.  I was so upset – I was just plain mad is what I was! This woman was not watching where she was going and now the new on my car was ruined! It wasn’t perfect anymore.

Wow! What a brat!!!

But

I do not know how long it took for God to get through, but He did get through. What an object lesson! I would say that within a few days, He helped me to realize that it does not matter what it is, if it an earthly possession, it will not satisfy me for long. Only His satisfaction is lasting. Only He can quench our thirst long term. Communion – living, day in day out, in deep relationship with Him will satisfy us.

He is a good and merciful God! I am so thankful for His love and patience with me!

Things to Ponder:

  • What needs or desires am I looking to this world to satisfy?
  • Am I tired because my soul is thirsty and my body is longing for God to satisfy me?
  • What kind of lesson is God working on teaching me today? Now?
  • Am I depressed, angry or anxious because I am looking to someone besides God to meet my needs?

May we seek after God like the Psalmist! Have a wonderful and blessed day!!

Go Deeper Today:

John 13:31-35

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