Thirst for God
Psalm 63:1, A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah: “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
In a place where water is abundant as it is in Minnesota it’s hard to picture a parched land with no water. A significant portion of our bodies are made up of water, so regularly consuming water is important to keeping us healthy. Yet even with plentiful supplies and easy access to clean water, some of us don’t drink as much as we should.
We enjoy other beverages instead. Coffee, tea, and other drinks satisfy our cravings for caffeine and sugar, and are important in our social interactions. Or we can get so busy during the day that we don’t drink anything until thirst, fatigue, or a bad headache let us know we haven’t had enough.
To avoid this, I have developed a habit of keeping a water bottle with me to drink throughout the day. When I do this, I feel more energetic and my mind seems sharper. As I drink more regularly, I crave it more than the other beverages.
Here in Minnesota our opportunities to worship and fellowship with other Christians freely are as plentiful as the 10,000 plus lakes. We can find multiple translations of the scriptures readily to delve into, and biblical commentaries abound. We know in our heads that we need God and that if we don’t stay in close relationship with Him, our spirits will suffer just as our bodies suffer without enough water.
Yet we don’t always thirst for God. Sometimes we substitute other good things instead of spending time in His Word and in prayer. We fill our lives with service and read great Christian books while never actually opening our Bibles. We get busy living our lives without being conscious of our relationship with God and our fellow believers, trying to do things in our own strength. We become discouraged.
But when we make a habit of daily spending time resting in Him, listening to His voice through Scripture, praying and fellowshipping with other believers, we also develop a healthy thirst for God. We don’t need to fear what comes our way, because we are rooted in Him.
Jeremiah 17:8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought.”
Peggy Turnbull, Missions Coordinator