O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
David loved the Lord, and he was passionate about seeking God. That’s what friends do; they make time for each other and want to spend time together. When David makes the effort to meet God, God is there for him. David seems to be in the desert hiding, possibly during Absolom’s rebellion. He is lonely, and he simply wants to be in God’s presence. He knows he isn’t alone, because he feels God’s presence.
David is in a desert time when it is hot and dry. Maybe you’re in a desert time, whether it be unemployment, a tough time on the job, a divorce, or even facing a difficult time with your kids. During those desert times when we are alone is a great time to seek the Lord. Read all of Chapter 63. David is awake in the middle of the night, so he seeks God. Verse 6: “On my bed I remember you, / I think of you through the watches of the night.” David is lying awake, looking up at the stars, so he just talks to God.
The next time you’re lying awake and unable to sleep, just get up and go spend 30 minutes being silent. Try to listen to what God has to say to you. Turn your sleepless night into reflection and worship, then watch the worry go away. God loves to spend time with us when there are no outside distractions. Early in the morning works well, too. Maybe you’ll even feel like lying down in your back yard and looking at the stars.
Desert times don’t last forever. They always have an ending. David turns to God because “his soul thirsts for God.” Nothing else can quench his thirst. That thirst is a metaphor for David’s deepest longings. He knows only God can satisfy him, so over and over, he turns to Him. Verse 3 says “Your love is better than life.” David knows that God loves him, and he constantly reminds himself of that fact when he faces a tough desert time. David knows God’s right hand will uphold him. We can have that same assurance if we turn to God in our loneliness.
How does this apply to my life?
Today’s prayer: Lord, you are my refuge and strength. My soul thirsts for you, and you are the only thing that can quench that thirst. Amen
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