I stretch out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Psalm 143: 6
I looked over today’s readings several times, trying to decide what to blog about.
Should I talk about one of my favorite passages in Acts – the beginnings of the Philippian church, including the conversion of the jailer and his family? (I’ve even visited remnants of the alleged jail in Greece!)
I guess not – because my eye continued returning to verse 6 of Psalm 143. It reminds me of another Psalm:
One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4
I blogged about that Psalm here.
David (the writer of both Psalms) was so focused on God, so drawn to God, so “in love” with God. No wonder God called David a man after his own heart (Acts 13:22).
I wonder how often I THIRST for God?
When do I thirst to be in the Bible? When do I thirst to pray? When do I thirst for His help? When to I thirst for His direction?
When do I thirst for His approval, His wisdom, His mercy?
When do I thirst to honor Him in all I do? When do I thirst to obey Him in my attitudes, actions, and words?
When do I thirst to tell other people about Him, to share the Gospel?
I don’t thirst for God like I want to nor like I probably should.
How do I increase my thirst? Perhaps by not drinking from other cisterns (see Jeremiah 2: 13). Maybe I look to quench my thirst with the wrong drink and deprive myself of God’s living water (see John 7: 37-38).
Oh, Lord: Create in my a greater thirst for You – and then satisfy it. Because only You can truly satisfy. Amen.