ARE YOU THIRSTY?THIRSTY SOUL
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.
Have you ever been thirsty? I know we get thirsty everyday, but have you ever been really thirsty? I can remember being really thirsty one hot summer afternoon in New Orleans. I had recently started cycling for exercise. My normal time to ride was in the morning but I had gone with a friend for a long ride that afternoon and it was hot even by New Orleans standards. After about 15 miles we ran out of our water supply (we had another 15 miles back to the car). When we started having cold sweats on that hot afternoon we realized something was wrong. Thankfully we found a store with a hose (hose water had never tasted so good). When you get really thirsty everything else takes a back seat, you will do almost anything to get a drink. Living in this crazy world can be compared to that bike ride on a hot summer afternoon. If that describes your life, you need to have a drink. That is what David was singing about in this psalm. He was spiritually thirsty and he had to have a drink. Charles Spurgeon has some interesting observations about thirst in his comments about this verse.
“My soul thirsteth for thee. Thirst is an insatiable longing after that which is one of the most essential supports of life; there is no reasoning with it, no forgetting it, no despising it, no overcoming it by stoical indifference. Thirst will be heard; the whole man must yield to its power; even thus is it with that divine desire which the grace of God creates in regenerate men; only God himself can satisfy the craving of a soul really aroused by the Holy Spirit.”
Have you become aware of the thirst in your soul? The grace of God awakens our hearts until we become aware of our spiritual need. All of us are in a long spiritual race, we have to have a CONSTANT water supply because of the conditions of the world and the length of our journey. Go ahead, have a drink, have a drink of LIVING WATER. Just like Jesus said, if you drink this LIVING WATER you will never thirst again.