When I am hot and thirsty, somehow over the years I have programmed myself to think that a nice glass of soda with ice will satisfy me. My thirst will be quenched. Unfortunately, the result isn’t always as good as I hoped. The soda helps, but doesn’t really do the trick. My habit of reaching for a soda is not really wise, when I am thirsty. When I was young I should have trained myself to drink water, even if I didn’t prefer its taste in the beginning over soda. Drinking water regularly may have been difficult, but it would have been better for me in the end. My body would have been a whole lot healthier.
It is the same with our spiritual life. Most humans have a tendency to reach for items that bring us pleasure. We enjoy our hobbies and our friends, more than we enjoy spending time with God. We enjoy a good adventure movie more than we enjoy reading our Bibles. We enjoy our accomplishments in our careers more than our accomplishments in our work for the Lord. In the end those choices will not be the best for us. They are temporary pleasures that make us spiritually unhealthy.
David was running from King Saul and had ended up in the wilderness. A place that was very dry and desolate. While he was there he took the opportunity to pen Psalm 63. His life was difficult and he had no clue how it would all end. Yet, in this Psalm we see David’s wise heart. He declared to us his habit of being thirsty for the Lord:
“1 God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You. I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water. 2 So I gaze on You in the sanctuary to see Your strength and Your glory.”
What do you thirst for in this life? Are you in the habit of wisely thirsting for the Lord? Are you pleased by just seeing His strength and glory as you spend time looking at Him through His Word or His Spirit’s eyes? You are in a dry, spiritually desolate place in this world. This alone should cause you to thirst after the Lord.