Have you ever been in a situation where you desperately needed a drink of water, but it wasn’t readily available? Maybe you were on a long trip or you were playing basketball. When our body is depleted of water our level of thirst becomes desperate, nothing could be more satisfying than a drink of water.
I love how David describes his thirst for God in this psalm.
Psalm 63:1 (NLT) O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
How can I read a passage like that and not question myself, “Am I truly thirsty for the Lord?” What is my level of desire for Jesus? Most of us would gladly proclaim that we desire more of Jesus, but do we really? Do we long for Jesus with our whole body in a parched and weary land where there is no water?
Do we view the world in which we live as parched and weary? If we are taking sips from the waters of the world then our thirst level will be low. Worldly water is readily available and pleasing to our lips, but it also will never satisfy like the living waters of Jesus.
Jesus once told a woman at a well, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” John 4:13-14 (NLT)
The only water that truly satisfies is the presence of Jesus Himself. Too often do we look for satisfaction outside of His Presence, when nothing this life has to offer compares to the wonders of His love.
Psalm 63:3 (NLT) Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
Psalm 63:6 (NLT) I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night.
Here we see the mind of someone who is truly captured with desire for the Lord! When we lie awake in the middle of the night what do our thoughts turn to? Possibly our thought drift to frustrations we’ve had throughout the day? Maybe a conflict we are having with someone in our life. Perhaps we are filled with excitement for something the next day holds. Sometimes our mind just lazily drifts as we try to find our way back to sleep.
Our mind does not naturally turn to thoughts of God, at least not initially. Has anyone ever had an experience when you are completely infatuated with someone? You’re crazy about them, and you try to convince yourself you’re not. “They’re just a friend, I don’t feel anything more than that.” Then you see their face, or get to spend time with them and it’s like, “I’m so in love with them.” Then for the next day or two they’re all you think about.
I believe that we can experience the same thing with God, but we have to choose to live in His presence. To seek a deeper intimacy with the Lord, to gaze upon the wonders of His love. Let us reflect daily on how wonderful He has been to us. Let us fall so in love with Jesus that He consumes our every thought.
As I was reflecting on these scriptures I wrote this prayer in my journal, “Let Your Word always be on my mind and You praise always be on my lips.”
When we fall so in love with Jesus, not only do we think about Him, but we tells the world of the goodness of God. Evangelism shouldn’t be some dull recitation of theological facts, but a true expression of love that overflows from the waters of your Spirit. I pray today that our love for Jesus stirs a thirst in the souls of those living in a dry and parched world for a water that satisfies beyond any satisfaction they’ve ever known.