My son came into the kitchen from a long day of working in the summer heat. He needed a shower. He needed food. But at that moment he desperately wanted something cold to drink. He chugged a bottle of water from the fridge and then headed off to get cleaned up. When we all sat down to supper, he had a glass of iced tea at his place. He took a few drinks from it but left the glass half-full when he finished the meal. His thirst, so intense just an hour before, had been satisfied; he didn’t have the same desire for a drink.
David was running for his life through the desert. It was Dry. Hot. Dusty. He was desperately thirsty with no water in sight. But even more than a physical thirst, David was experiencing a desperate desire for God. “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek You, my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Ps 63:1). Do you hear the intensity of his need? Earnest. Thirsty. Longing. Nothing would satisfy but his God.
The Sons of Korah (think temple worship leaders) had the same passion for God: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Ps 42:1-2). It makes me wonder – when was the last time the church desperately panted for God?
Sometimes our lives take a hard turn and we find ourselves dry and desperate for relief. I believe God allows those times to stir up a thirst for Him. Just like my son at supper, when we are satisfied with our lives, we don’t drink Him in as deeply as we do when our thirst is intense. We don’t sense our need for Him. We don’t pant for Him. But when we’re in the desert we long for Him. That’s when we earnestly seek Him. Is your heart dry and weary today? Let that desperate need turn you back to God. Be refreshed by His grace. Be satisfied by His love. Jesus said that whoever drinks from His spring will never thirst again (John 4:14). Come, Beloved, drink deeply from the Living Water.