Dehydration is a terrible thing to experience. When you’re dehydrated you experience all kinds of unpleasant symptoms: headache, fatigue, muscle cramps and spasms, lightheadedness, etc. The average person can only go without water for approximately 3-10 days before their body will shut down and they will die (according to the world wide web). When we experience extreme thirst we will stop at nothing to get our thirst quenched and our bodies hydrated again.
There’s certainly a great spiritual parallel to make here. As we read through this Psalm we see a person who is panting for, longing for, and really in desperation to be close to God. However, God seems distant and even absent. We read the war that is raging within the Psalmist as he attempts to deal with his desire to experience God and be close to Him once again. Notice the symptoms of this person who is spiritually “dehydrated”: sorrow and tears, inner turmoil, mourning, and depression. However, this person is not lost, they know God, and are consistently reminding themselves of their hope in Him.
This is so applicable for us. Today’s Psalm provides such great imagery and description of how we should thirst for God. As a deer longs to find flowing streams of fresh water, so our souls should long to be quenched by the life giving presence of our almighty God and Savior. More specifically, we need the Living Water of Jesus Christ which satisfies our eternal thirst and meets our deepest sin need.
John 4:10 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
Just as physical life ends quickly when we lack water to hydrate our bodies, a spiritual life void of living water will wither away and die. Today is a great day to do some introspection. Are you experiencing spiritual dehydration? The remedy for your thirst only comes through the living water found in Jesus. Remind yourself today of the hope you have in the gospel, get close to The Lord in His Word and in prayer, and drink deeply from Him. One of my favorite passages of scripture is Revelation 22:17 and I’ll leave you with it today:
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.
By: Matt Mofield