“I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for You as parched land thirsts for rain.” Psalm 143:6 (NLT)
Water is an amazing thing. An adult human is made up of at least 60% water, and every living cell in the human body needs water to keep functioning. Without water, a person can only survive a few days.
Have you ever been thirsty? I mean really thirsty? Perhaps you’ve gone on a major hike or attended a spin class without your water bottle? Or maybe you have run a long race and, after passing up one water station, eagerly anticipated the next one? Or maybe you’ve been dehydrated while sick, with your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth (that feels more like a cotton field)?
Or maybe you’ve seen an animal or a person who has been deprived of water for such a long time that they need that water like it’s their last breath?
Sometimes we need God like that.
Actually, we need God like that all the time … but we don’t feel the need for Him that acutely all the time. (Kind of like with water ….) At least that’s how it is with me.
But the older I get and the longer I go on this journey, the more I learn that it is God I truly thirst for. From time to time, I turn other things that appear to offer refreshment or replenishment. But it’s a mirage. And I get frustrated, hurt and disappointed. And, every time, I am reminded that it is only God that can satisfy my thirst.
To find my refreshment from God Himself — that is my true heart’s desire. To thirst for Him — the God of heaven and earth — as a parched land thirsts for rain. And to thirst for Him all the time.
So I have placed Psalm 143:6 and Psalm 42:2 around some of the major water sources in my home. Particularly by the fridge in my gym. Because I want to be reminded, especially in those moments when I am hot and tired and recognize my thirst, that it is God for whom I really thirst.