Thirsty for God!
Scripture reading for June 16th: Psalms 60-66
“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1)
Have you ever been thirsty, so thirsty that you would give anything for a drink of water? David, the psalmist, was hiding in the desert of Judah. It was a dry and barren place without much water. An occasional pool of water could be found in one of the ravines that ran through that wilderness, but not much else was there. David was thirsty, but his physical thirst was overshadowed by his thirst for God. His soul and body longed for God’s presence.
David had beheld God’s power and glory in the sanctuary. We are not told here if this was the tabernacle where the Israelite priests met with God, or if this was a revelation of the heavenly sanctuary of God that David had enjoyed as he worshiped God. David loved God and knew that God’s love for him was better than life itself! (Psalm 63:2-3) He vowed to worship God as long as he lived and to honor Him. He knew that worship would satisfy the deepest thirsts and hunger of his soul.
King David meditated on God in the watches of the night. Darkness brings fears and Satan lurks to steal our sleep and peace. David trusted God to be his refuge and tower of strength in the night hours. He confessed that his enemies would be destroyed and all their lies would be silenced! He worshiped God and rejoiced in His protection and person!
A thirst for God is healthy! Worship is the satisfaction we express by faith in God as the lover of our soul. If you are spiritually healthy, you will hunger and thirst for God and will love to worship Him! Jesus Christ told his followers, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) In John 7:37-39, Jesus called the people to come to Him and drink! “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.”