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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Psalm 32:7-9 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Exodus 39:42, 43 So the people of Israel followed all of the Lord’s instructions to Moses. Then Moses inspected all their work. When he found it had been done just as the Lord had commanded him, he blessed them.
Exodus 33:13 “If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.”
Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts. He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze. He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft!”