Psalm 63

Psalm 63

true thirst

By Adam Wiggins

I don’t know about you, but there have been very few times in my life when I have been truly, desperately thirsty. I remember those moments because of the intensity of that feeling of need. 

One of these moments was in a triathlon race I competed in during the month of July. I was near the end of the race, running in full view of the blazing sun, and couldn’t hydrate enough. It felt like I was sweating faster than I could drink, and I’d even pour water and ice cubes all over me just to cool off. My thirst felt insatiable; I couldn’t get enough to drink. 

This is where my mind takes me when I consider the opening words of Psalm 63: My soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, in this dry and weary land where there is no water.” This is a vivid experience that we can relate to. 

When were you last thirsty for God? I mean truly thirsty, when you craved time in God’s presence and needed nothing else?

The beauty of this Psalm is found in the conviction of the writer. He is absolutely convinced that nothing can satisfy his thirst or fill his soul except one thing: God Himself. 

Think through this with me for a moment: David isn’t thirsty for what God can give him. He isn’t longing for what God will do for him or how he might be blessed by God. His prayer is not for stuff, or blessing, or even safety: it’s simply for more of God. More of His being, more of His goodness, more of His presence. 

David’s confidence is rooted in his past experiences, when he has seen the hand of God in his life and has felt the very presence of God. And that presence, unlike anything else in the human experience, satisfied. So David is thirsty. He just wants more, and he knows he can find that satisfaction again at the fountain of living waters. 

Where are you today? Do you want more of Him? Or do you find yourself distracted? Are you running from one thing to the next, trying to stay busy, occupied, happy, only to fall just short of feeling satisfied? C. S. Lewis helpfully reminds us, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” 

Only Christ can fill the void our souls long for. Only He offers us living water that quenches our thirst and brings ultimate fulfillment. Perhaps today, you can pray and ask Him to fill your life with His presence and satisfy your heart the way only He can. And as you do that, slow down and recognize Him in every part of your day.

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