A Soul’s Thirst

What do you long for? What is it, that would really bring you joy? More than just happy to experience something… I’m talking about a deeply satisfying joy that would last a lifetime.

David longed for God:

 “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and glory” (Ps 63:1-2).

David’s desire is obvious. Notice how he describes his longing for God, as a soul thirst. Kneeling in the Judean desert, he reflects on the barren, parched conditions around him and said in effect, “This is the condition of my soul without God’s Presence”. This is what woke David up in the morning and kept him seeking the Lord throughout his lifetime. He longed to be with the Lord more than anything in life. God alone would satisfy his thirst. 

Spiritual Health:

Passion for God indicates spiritual health, because it knows what to do with its brokenness! You see knowing what to do when your soul is thirsty is of greater significance than any other issue in life. Natural things may offer temporary relief, but deeply felt emotions like fear and betrayal are connected to spiritual realities. They embitter the heart and defile our perception. Passion is the only remedy, passion that has become motivated by a supernatural revelation of God.

Some Context: 

David is out in the desert, most people believe this is when he was on the run from Absalom. And the psalm speaks about David’s soul longing for God, thirsting for Him like a body on the edge of death, longs for water. Many of his people had turned on him. His own son had turned on him. The desert is where he was physically, but it was also where he found himself spiritually. On the run and far from his home, his city – Jerusalem and the Tabernacle. He could feel the crushing of his peace and the loss of his joy.  But he was a worshiper and he had knowledge of a sight in God’s Sanctuary. Notice the phrase… 

 ”So I have looked for You in the Sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”

David is saying he had seen God’s power before and in this moment it would once again become the strength of his journey. God makes Himself vulnerable to the thirsty soul. David had a history with God as a shepherd boy against a lion and a bear, as a youth against a giant named Goliath and as a sinner against the greatest enemy of all, flesh. None of these could match what he had experienced in the Sanctuary – in His Presence. Such knowledge… God’s power and His Glory satisfies the soul’s thirst once more.

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