Working out is thirsty business. I went to the gym this morning for a class and after the first few minutes walked over to grab my water bottle. Much to my chagrin, I discovered that though I had filled it, I had left it at home on the kitchen counter.
So, for the forty-five-minute class I was thirsty. Thirst is a powerful force. Of course, hunger can drive us, but hunger can be denied, postponed, and delayed. Thirst, not so much. When we are incredibly thirsty it becomes the only thing, we can think about.
In Psalm 42, the psalmist knew the signs for thirst. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:1-2
Water is absolutely essential for life. We cannot live very long without it.
“As the deer pants for streams of water…” perhaps we have never seen a deer panting, but probably we have seen our dogs. They get hot and thirsty during the long hot summer days and they let us know by panting. It’s a sure sign that we need to fill up their water bowls.
Humans don’t pant as the animals do, but our bodies do cry out to have our thirst quenched.
There is, however, a greater thirst, a bigger need, and that is our need for the Lord. We were made for a relationship with Him. And even if we haven’t yet recognized it, it’s there pleading with us to seek and find Living Water. He’s always available and will quench our greatest thirst.
Lord, I come to You, my soul pants, cries out for a relationship with You, the Living Water. I need you more than the water my body cries out for. Thank You that You are always there to quench my thirst.