by: Whitney Church
Psalm 42:1-3 To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah, As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
Psalm 63:1-3 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Matt 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.
Bella, my dog - One summer day we had gone all day when we got home we let her in the house and she went right to her water bowl and drank for the longest time. She drank so much the water came back up, she had drunk over what she could hold in her stomach. You see my dog had run out of water and it was a really hot day and as soon as that door opened all she could think about was getting to water and quenching her thirst. This is what David was talking about when he said "that his soul thirsteth for God". Can you sat that you have this kind of thirst for God, where you have such a desire to get into His presence that it's all you can think about.
This is crucial to our understanding of God's ways and why he allows us to experience dry, barren, dark, oppressive seasons. Our lack of what we really need, makes us really desire God. The barren places teach us both to want and seek the thing we need most. Those places are a painful gift of priceless worth, because it drives us like nothing else to the only fountain that will quench our thirsty soul.
There is no greater earthly experience than to drink from the fountain and taste something that is better than staying alive on earth. Have you tasted that? Too few Christians have, I fear. At least in America, it seems we are too easily content to talk about the truth that to live is Christ and to die is gain, without really tasting the truth for ourselves. But once we taste it, we'll never be content with just mere talk about God, instead we will want an experience with God and not just one.
Would you say you have the same desire as David had, or would you say it's more taking cough syrup, you don't like the taste, and you only take it when you absolutely need too.
Prayer: Lord, let me have the same desire and thirst as David had and give me an experience to make me desire more.