Maybe it’s a big bowl of popcorn before you go to bed. Maybe it’s at a late night Mexican restaurant and you ate way too many chips covered in queso. Maybe it’s a supper of chili cheese dogs. But you wake up in the night barely able to swallow. You are so thirsty. “Why didn’t I put a tall glass of ice water next to the bed?” All you can think about is getting something to quench your thirst.
Yes, it’s happened to most of us. We have experienced that desire to get something to drink. It’s all we can think about. We want cold refreshing water and we want it now.
Most of us have been thirsty, but I will venture to say that most of us have never experienced the same kind of thirst that David was speaking of as he began this psalm.
David’s home was a desert land. There were sometimes miles between watering places when he was a young shepherd. In a dry season, it could have been many miles.
During the time that he was running from King Saul, there were probably many times that he was very thirsty, but the threat to his life was so real that he couldn’t just leave to wander over to the local oasis. Once the only thing he could dream of was water from the Bethlehem well. His men risked their lives to bring some to him. He loved it but Scripture helps us to understand that he loved God even more. He took that water and poured it out as a drink offering to the Lord. It shouted that no one or nothing was more valuable to David than God.
When we’re thirsty, we go to the sink, fridge, cooler, stop at the local gas station or fast food restaurant and get something to satisfy that need. David couldn’t do that.
In this psalm, he was using his thirst as a word picture to help us understand his longing to be filled with God’s presence. Read his first verse: “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1
I have one question: Do we ever seek after the Lord like that?
Lord, that’s a question I’m going to ponder today. I want to want You in my life just like that.