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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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”