Day 1: May 4, 2017: Thirsty for God
Psalm 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.
Have you ever felt your need for God? Not only in your soul, but also in your body? Have you ever physically longed for God?
There is an awareness of our need for God that has the power to reduce “the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions” (1 John 2:16) to rubble and leave us physically hungry and thirsty for God. David was in the wilderness of Judah when he prayed the prayer we know as Psalm 63. He was on the run from enemies who sought to destroy his life (v. 9), and he was almost certainly hungry and thirsty. Yet his experiences of desperation impressed upon his soul and his body not his need for shelter, food, or drink but rather his absolute need for God. “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (v. 8).
God wants us to know, seek, and love Him. Often we erect barriers between ourselves and God. A barrier is anything which keeps us from the personal immediacy of experiencing God in prayer. If we allow these barriers to persist long enough, God will bring us into situations where they will fail and we will have no choice but to depend upon and draw near to God. I do not know what David’s barriers were, but his experience in the wilderness of Judah was certainly a time in which everything else was stripped away and he was left with God alone.
A contemporary hymn begins with these words: “You brought me to the desert, so You could be my water/You brought me to the fire, so You could be my shield/You brought me to the darkness, so You could be my morning light.” This is how God will bring us to that place where we spiritually and physically hunger and thirst for Him. He will bring us to the desert – a place where there is no water – so that He can be our water. Our bodies will long for his presence and power. Our souls will pant for the nourishment of his Spirit moving in us; and we will find that the satisfaction of God’s love is better than life itself (Ps. 63:3-4).
Take a few moments to pray and ask God to help you know how completely you need Him. This prayer can help you get started: “O God, I need You. I want You. I long for You. Take away everything in my life which keeps me from You. Tear down the barriers I have built. You are my water. You are my shield. You are my morning light. Lead me to Yourself, O God, that I might pursue You and be with You. In the name of Jesus, Amen.”