O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Psalm 63:1-2
We have had some really hot days this summer. Sometimes the heat is so much that it seems to makes us constantly thirsty. Our bodies are designed to require certain amounts of water just to survive. To ensure that we do consume enough water, God designed us to have a reaction that we call “thirst.” It pushes us to find some water or other liquid to consume to keep our bodies hydrated.
We can, however, ignore that cue and avoid taking the necessary water for our bodies, and if we do that long enough, we will suffer the consequences. Dehydration is a very dangerous condition for our physical bodies. Choosing to consume liquids that are not water can actually leave us dehydrated as well. Not every liquid is satisfactory to fulfill the need our body has.
Isn’t it amazing that God has created us and this natural world such that we can learn valuable spiritual lessons from the natural things around us? Then, He uses these things in His Word to help us understand His plan for us.
Our spiritual life requires the water that we get only from God. We get it from His Word and from our time spent in His presence. David uses the natural thirst in a hot dry place to create a picture for us of our need for our God.
Our heart should be longing for God every day. The world that we traverse every day of our lives is a dry and thirsty land. People are seeking for something to satisfy that thirst, but just any drink will not do. We can drink the sweet tasting ideas and philosophies of the world, but will not find satisfaction for our thirst.
As God’s people, we should know where we will find the satisfying, thirst quenching drink that we need. Early, that is at an early time, we should be seeking our God. We will find Him in the Bible, and we will find Him as we spend time in His presence in prayer.
When we seek Him, He will be found. We will be satisfied. “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” Proverbs 8:17 God wants to be found. He wants to satisfy our thirst, and when we do seek Him, we will see His glory. God reveals Himself to those that seek Him. Those that are seeking to have their thirst quenched by the world, will not find God there and will miss out on His glory.
Do you want to experience God’s power and glory in your life? There is no magic formula. It is not restricted to certain “super spiritual” people. God is seeking those that will worship Him is spirit and in truth. Study your Bible. Don’t just read a little here and there. Take time to study and meditate on what is there. Ask (pray) the Holy Spirit to reveal God to you through His Word. I can’t begin to express to you the amazing things that God will reveal about Himself as you seek earnestly and diligently for Him.
Do not allow yourself to get spiritually dehydrated. It is a dangerous condition. You will become faint and you will become susceptible to the attacks of the enemy.