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.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8
If you've ever wondered what resides at the bottom of a cruise ship, I can, unfortunately, tell you: an infirmary. On the final day of a vacation with friends, I wasn't feeling well so I decided to go back to my cabin and rest. I didn't make it that far and passed out in an elevator (or so I have been told as I don't have a recollection of that day).
When I eventually came to I found myself in a makeshift hospital bed. A Russian doctor with a thick accent said severe dehydration was to blame. I will let the irony of that statement settle for a moment. In the middle of the ocean with water as far as the eye could see, I somehow managed to find myself dehydrated. Residing on a ship where I could order unlimited glasses of drinks and water, I was still thirsty. I had spent the entire day having fun in the sun doing whatever I wanted without a care in the world while ignoring the one thing my body needed.
Don't we do the same thing when it comes to the desires, hopes, and longings of our heart? Every longing we have is a longing for life. We crave connection to a source that will leave us fulfilled and satisfied. Some of us ignore this tension, keep ourselves busy or try to numb it away.
We scan a "dry and parched land" looking for something to wet our whistle. We go about our days attempting to quench our thirst with the things of this world, both the good and the bad. We place our faith in broken cisterns that are incapable of holding the water we need. At best they are mirages who give the illusion they can relieve our cravings.
Our soul will let us know when it can no longer run on empty. We get angrier quicker. We disengage and disconnect from the world around us. We indulge in behaviors we regret later. We grow cynical and jaded. We use people rather than connect with them. We grow indifferent. If our soul thirsts for God that means putting our hope in anything else to bring us peace, joy and contentment will only leave us even more dehydrated and desperate. Unless we stay connected to Him we will always find ourselves wanting.
Christ is a well that doesn't run dry. He refreshes the weary soul (Jeremiah 31:25). Christ invites us to drink in grace upon grace and if we do, He promises that we will never be thirsty again (John 4:13-14). Not only that but a spring of life will erupt within the heart of those who trust Him. In essence, Jesus says, "You're thirsty? Well, here's an ocean of love, forgiveness, and mercy...enjoy and be satisfied." By being satisfied in Him, we are able to serve and love others out of the overflow of our heart.
How are the longings you are experiencing a desire for a deeper connection with Christ?
God, in You, and You alone, does my heart find rest. I will look to You for the security, purpose, and wholeness of my heart. I will remember that you satisfy my every longing and are better than everything else the world offers me. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.