Psa. 63:1 ¶ 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.
There are some things that just cannot be put off; thirst is one of those things. Drinking is a constant part of our lives. Often, we are consuming water without even being aware, it is just part of what we do. If we are ever in the uncomfortable position of being without fluid, things begin to go downhill quite rapidly.
Recently I became aware of how much we take water for granted in our daily lives. We have well water at my home and somehow our well became contaminated. Suddenly our whole routine changed until we could get our well fixed. Something that was common an quite ordinary became precious and took quite an effort to obtain. David is singing about this in today’s Psalm, he is exiled in the wilderness in need of water. Actually, what he is really crying out for is living water. His exile kept him from the tabernacle where he participated in daily worship. You don’t miss your water to the well goes dry. David missed the tabernacle with singing, the sacrifices, the ark, and the shekinah. He longed for that living water. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes today’s verse.
“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. My flesh longs for thee; by the two words soul and flesh, he denotes the whole of his being. The flesh, in the New Testament sense of it, never longs after the Lord, but rather it lusts against the spirit; David only refers to that sympathy which is sometimes created in our bodily frame by vehement emotions of the soul. Our corporeal nature usually tugs in the other direction, but the spirit when ardent can compel it to throw in what power it has upon the other side. When the wilderness caused David weariness, discomfort, and thirst, his flesh cried out in unison with the desire of his soul. In a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. A weary place and a weary heart make the presence of God the more desirable: if there be nothing below and nothing within to cheer, it is a thousand mercies that we may look up and find all we need.”
So is your thirst shouting to be heard? Just as there is no good substitute for good old H2O, there is no substitute for living water. Maybe you have been out in the wilderness, it’s time to return home to the house of God.