Morning Thought: How Thirsty Are We?
As I read Psalm 63 this morning, I realize how “unthirsty” most Christians are. David was in the wilderness, escaping from the threats of his own son, yet his focus was on God. He was not asking God to deliver him, but he was crying out to God for His Presence. Can we remember the last time we were truly thirsty for God? Do we even understand what being thirsty for God would look like? Do we really hunger for him?
We are so “filled” in this nation that most of us do not know what it is to be hungry. And most of us are not hungry because we are constantly nibbling on junk food. We even “trick” ourselves into thinking we are getting food we really are not getting. I have a bag of sugar-free chocolates that trick me into thinking I am eating the real thing. These “fake chocolates” give me a temporary reprieve from the craving for the real chocolates that I love.
Are we doing this as we sit in churches Sunday after Sunday, getting “imitations” of the real thing to temporarily satisfy but not really touching the real need? Do we get convinced that noise equals Presence, or because the sermons make us feel better about ourselves that we got the real truth? Does all the Sunday activity drive us into our prayer closet for more of Him, or does it create only head noise that causes us to convince ourselves we have it all together while we are still making our therapy appointments and getting our anti-depressants filled so we can make it through the week? Our kids are still struggling with their identity, and they find their confidence in how well they perform on the sports field rather than understanding the incredible person they were created to be.
The answer is found only in Him. David was in the wilderness, being pursued by his own son, yet his focus was on God. He found his thirst satisfied only in God. Why? Because David recognized the place he was in was “a dry and weary land where there is no water (vs 1)” therefore David went into the “sanctuary to behold the power and glory of God.” There was no natural water, but David knew where to find the water that makes us never thirst again. This was not the church building, but a place found in God’s Presence that only a true thirst and hunger can identify.
How thirsty are we? Has religion given us a substitute for the real water or have we found that water that the woman at the well found in Jesus?
John 4:13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.