O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for You; my whole body longs for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
Psalms 63:1 NLT
The rat-race and fast-pace of religious exercises can lead to real emptiness. Lance Witt writes, “You can’t live at warp speed without warping your soul”. The warp speed of our journey may need to give way to a walking stroll with Jesus.
David composes this worship song in the setting of rugged wilderness, not while serving in religious worship. The psalmist identifies a thirst that cannot be quickly quenched and a hunger that can’t be satisfied with a snack.
Swindoll writes, “Most likely on the run from Saul, David found himself alone, removed, obscure, separated from every comfort and friend, acutely feeling the effects of thirst, hunger, pain, loneliness, and exhaustion. Even so, he didn’t regard these as his most pressing needs. He identifies his deepest need.” Notice it wasn’t the most “pressing need”, but the “deepest need”.
He Is Our Search. God is the motivation that gets us up in the morning. He is the message on our hearts. He is the moving force in our soul. He is the meaning of our life. The prophet Isaiah writes, “My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.” (Is 26:9 NIV). When we search for Him, we will find Him. And, when we find Him, we find our purpose. Amos tells the nation, “Thus says the Lord to Israel: ‘Seek me and live.'” (Amos 5:4 ESV)
He Is Our Satisfaction. There’s an old hymn that says, “Only Jesus can satisfy my soul”. When we come to His table, He fills us up. Jesus reminds us, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matt 5:6 NIV). Our God gives us rest and refreshment. Jeremiah writes, “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (Jer 31:25 NIV) Our search for Him is always satisfied.
When today’s weariness wears you out and its dryness drains you. Find renewal and refreshment in Jesus.
He is the Well that never runs dry and the Spring that always satisfies.