Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Thirsty For God

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I Am So Thirsty!

Have you ever been extremely dehydrated? Like, "I have to have a drink of water right now or I'm going to die" kind of thirsty? I've had that happen a few times in my life. I'm sure you've experienced this type of thirst as well.

In Psalm 63, David makes the analogy for his desire for God to being thirsty. David wrote Psalm 63 while he was in the wilderness of Judah. A little over a year ago, I was blessed to have the opportunity to see parts of this wilderness in Judah. David wasn't kidding when he states that this land is "dry, desolate, and without water."

In the opening of this psalm, he told the Lord that he thirsted after Him; He eagerly sought God. A few verses later, we see David telling the Lord that he thought about Him continually. David thought about God when he went to bed at night. He even mediated on the Lord during the middle of the night.

Why So Thirsty?

When you are extremely thirsty and drink a tall glass of water to quench that thirst, then, at that moment, a basic biological need has been fulfilled. Our bodies are designed to run on regular intakes of water and food. When we are deprived of either of these essentials, then our bodies trigger a response of feeling thirsty or hungry.

The same is true in our spiritual lives. God created us as spiritual beings to commune with Him and worship Him continually. We see this relationship in the Garden of Eden after creation. God created within each one of us a desire to have fellowship with Him. Unfortunately though, when sin entered into God's perfect creation, this disrupted our relationship with a holy, perfect God. Because of this severed relationship, the human race has been on a quest to somehow quench this spiritual thirst. People have utilized religion, relationships, sex, alcohol, drugs, and countless other things to satisfy a thirst that only God can satisfy. The good news for us is that through His redemptive power, we can have a renewed relationship with Him. As a result, our spiritual thirst will be quenched.

So, why did David thirst and hunger after God so much? The ultimate reason comes in David's complete satisfaction with his relationship with God. "My lips will glorify You because Your faithful love is better than life … You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise You with joyful lips" (63:3,5, HCSB).

Several years ago, worship leader and songwriter Dennis Jernigan penned the lyrics to this song:
Who can satisfy my soul like You?
Who on earth could comfort me and love me like you do?
Who could ever be more faithful, true?
I will trust in You, Lord, I will trust in You, my God.
Only water can satisfy us when we our bodies are thirsty.
Only God can satisfy us completely when we are spiritually thirsty.

Are You Thirsty?

Do you have a similar prayer as David? Do you truly hunger and thirst after God? Do you, like David, catch yourself waking up in the middle of the night thinking about Him?

If you don't feel like you have this same thirstiness that David describes, then pray for the same desire as he had. Spend more time with the Father, and He will satisfy you in amazing ways as you trust in Him.

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