I Thirst For You
Read Psalm 63
You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.
They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.
We sense such urgency in this psalm. Its author, King David, is in a literal desert with no water and yet his overwhelming thirst is for God. How often do we confuse surface-level desires for deeper desires? How often do we seek temporary pleasures to fill a deeper longing that only God can reach? How can we continually and intentionally seek out God to quench the thirst we have?
- Reflect on the psalmist’s statement “earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you.” What do you think it means to seek God? What does it mean to thirst for God? Where in your life are you seeking or thirsting for God?
- How would you identify your deepest longing? (When you do, see if there is actually something even deeper under whatever you identified). How might you seek after God so that He can satisfy that longing? What invitation do you sense from God?
- Each time you drink water today, say a prayer for those in the world who don’t have water. To make your prayer more specific, pick a country or location where water is scarce and pray specifically for the children in that place.
Father, I know what it is to be thirsty and have my thirst quenched. And I know the deep longings of my heart and soul and how they can seem to remain untouched and unmet. Show me how to invite You into those longings and to turn them over to You. Guard me against the temptation to meet my deep longings with shallow, temporary pleasures. What I thirst for is You; You are my help. Help me to remember these truths. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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