June 22, 2017

Today you should read: Psalm 63

The vast majority of Americans, myself included, have no idea what it really means to be thirsty. We are fortunate enough that even in public places, we have access to water fountains. It is hard for me to imagine true thirst. I have experienced times when I needed a drink of water, and even gotten to the point where that need becomes the all-consuming—when your tongue feels like sandpaper and it’s hard to swallow. Even still, I have have never been far away from a source of drinkable water; and my thirst, as extreme as it ever may be, was only temporary.

As I consider thirst, I ask myself, have I every longed for the presence of God the way David describes in verse 1 of Psalm 63? David may have literally been in a desert region with no access to water when writing this, but as he literally thirsts for water, his deeper craving is for the Lord. He writes, “I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you…” If he were talking about water, we could all recount times in our lives of extreme thirst. However, he is speaking of his desire to enter the presence of the Lord, to which less of us could probably relate.

What has caused such a deep longing for David? In verse 2, David has witnessed the Lord’s power and glory, leading him to the conclusion that “your love is better than life” (NIV). The word “love” (lovingkindness, NASB; steadfast love, ESV) is the word hesed. This is God’s special love to his covenant people. It is a love based on God’s irrevocable promises. Promises such as “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil 1:6, ESV). All that to say, because David has experienced the Lord’s presence, and felt  Lord’s life-giving love, he then longed to return to the presence of the only One who can satisfy.

In addition, David had many trials in life for which the Lord was his help (7). As a hen draws her chicks into the comforting protection of her wings, so David rested in the provision of the Lord. He was upheld in weakness and strengthed when confronted with enemies.

How would you describe your relationship with the Lord right now? Although the world seeks to quench it’s thirst for God with many things, if anyone is in Christ he or she is never far away from the source of living water (John 4:10). If we have truly experienced the Lord’s presence and provision through Jesus Christ, then let us drink deeply and not wait until we are spiritually parched.

In the comments, share from your experience a time of extreme thirst. What was it like and how did you feel when you were finally able to get water?

By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “June 22, 2017”

  1. Several years ago we were hiking in the Rockies. This was backcountry stuff – no trails – just topographical maps. 2 or 3 days in we ran short of water and a stream we were counting on for a refill had dried up. And the next stream was over half a day away! We were honestly pretty scared and it called our whole plan into doubt – if one stream (that looked major on the map) was dry, who’s to say what the status of the next one would be? Fortunately, the next one did have water and the unbelievable joy we felt at having water again is indescribable!

    I’d never thought of it that way before, but I can recall a few seasons in life where I’ve longed for the presence of God in much the same way as we longed for water in those mountains of Colorado. And I felt similar joy when I realized that God had carried me through that season. Thinking about all that totally changed Psalm 63 for me today!

  2. My favorite psalm!

    First thing I thought of was football conditioning workouts. Second was when we were at the Dead Sea a few years ago and temps were hovering around 115°.

    Great thoughts today Tyler.

  3. Paul knew of this surpassing importance when he said, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings”(Philippians 3:10).

    And the words of the Lord spoke through Jeremiah, “thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

    Lord, help us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)

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