only Jesus can quench our thirst!
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
63 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
This Psalm is a blessing to the believer because it encourages us to hunger and thirst for the Living God. We’ll discuss it in our next several posts.
Let’s begin by looking at the heading: A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. As I read the heading, I immediately asked myself, “David was a king, why would he be in the wilderness?”
Most theologians believe that David wrote this Psalm when his son, Absalom rebelled and tried to take the throne from David. 2 Samuel 15:13-24 tells of David’s decision to leave Jerusalem. Verses 14 and describes the situation for us:
“14Then David said to all his officials who were with him in Jerusalem, “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom. We must leave immediately, or he will move quickly to overtake us and bring ruin on us and put the city to the sword.”
23 The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.”
No sooner did my thought regarding King David’s reason for being in the desert, did the Lord remind me that I am a child of the Most High King and I have had my own desert and wilderness experiences. I could heard the Spirit urging me to ask myself “why.”
It would be easy to say that the enemy came against me just like he did David and drove me there, but it wouldn’t be true. Yes, there have been times that the enemy has tried to convince me that he had control of the kingdom just like Absalom wanted control of David’s kingdom. But the real truth of my desert and wilderness experiences is that I put my mind and heart on the path of the desert.
I made something or someone else my king. Please note the “k” in king as no one or nothing else can really be my King. Perhaps it was busyness or television, or sleep, or work, or ministry, or even family…the list could go on and on. The truth is that I chose to place my mind, time, and heart with other things or people rather than with the One who loved me so much that He ransomed me from the enemy.
Time with and devotion to Jesus became less and less and other things/people became my king and priority. But there is no soul satisfaction in any false king sitting on the throne of my heart…then begins the ache. The ache that let’s you know that you have moved away from the Spring of Living Water into a dry place that is not able to keep, sustain, or refresh you. You find yourself thirsty for communion, presence, and the arms of the Living God.
There is no true and lasting satisfaction about from Jesus.
In His great love, grace, and mercy, our loving Father sees us in this desert and sends His Word:
James 4:8-10 (ESV)
8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
We worship You and You alone! Thank you for never leaving or forsaking those who have placed their trust in You. We bless your name for how you call us to repentance and back unto Yourself when we choose the path of desert. Thank you for being our all satisfying King and Living Water. Help us to always be thirsty for You and You alone.
In Jesus Name,