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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1 Chronicles 22:9-13 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign. He is the one who will build a house for my Name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ “Now, my son, the Lord be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the Lord your God, as he said you would. May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the Lord gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”