Daily D – Psalm 63:1
God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you. I thirst for you; my body faints for you; my body faints for you in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
PSALM 63:1 (CSB)
Our son and his family live in the high desert north of Palm Springs, California. Joshua Tree National Park is not far away. Yard maintenance is fairly simple. No lawnmower is necessary.
We are filling the recycle bin with Gatorade bottles. We drink lots of water. I think I better understand David’s line of thinking.
We know we are developing spiritually when we, like David, thirst for God. Several times we read about hungering and thirsting for God in the Psalms. This is not a Little Debbie snack cake hunger and not a Diet Coke kind of thirst. This is the kind of hunger and thirst a person experiences in a dry and desolate land without water sources.
The truth is that we get about as much of God as we want. Some people, let me facetiously say, appear to live on lifelong diets. We often require a crisis of one kind or another to stimulate our hunger and thirst. What if we cultivated a hunger and thirst for God instead? What if this became our daily norm?
A simple prayer is to ask God to increase your capacity for him and to seek and to find satisfaction in nothing less. God fills the hungry. God satisfies the thirsty.
It is interesting, isn’t it, that Jesus says the ultimate arrival of the Kingdom of God begins with a feast? The truth is that we need not wander through life hungry and thirsty for God. He is as available as our need and more.
I will cultivate hunger and thirst for God.
Our Father, I hunger and thirst for you. Nothing else can satisfy like you. Thank you that my cup overflows when I am seated in your presence. Thank you that where you are, there are no needs. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”