Psa. 42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
Have you ever been thirsty? We all get “kind of” thirsty everyday but I am talking about really thirsty. I began to understand a little about the thirst David was describing one summer day when I was working for Weyerhaeuser Reforestation in the mountains near Klamath Falls, Oregon. We were picking pine cones to be used for growing seedlings to replant the forest. It doesn’t sound like hard work but the hours were long, it got pretty hot in the afternoon, and climbing those mountain slopes was exhausting. One particular afternoon my group ran out of water. I didn’t think much of it at first but as the day wore on, I started to get thirsty. Hours went by and it got to the point that all I could think about was water, nothing else mattered, I really need a drink. The sweetest sound I heard that day was a brother by the name of Glenn Swarthout singing off in the distance. He was bringing a giant container of cool spring water and I remember the joyful anticipation as his voice got closer and closer. Nothing could have tasted better or brought greater joy than that drink of water. Charles Spurgeon spoke of the power of spiritual thirst, check this out.
“My soul. All my nature, my inmost self. Thirsteth. Which is more than hungering; hunger you can palliate, but thirst is awful, insatiable, clamorous, deadly. O to have the most intense craving after the highest good! This is no questionable mark of grace. For God. Not merely for the temple and the ordinances, but for fellowship with God himself. None but spiritual men can sympathize with this thirst. For the living God. Because he lives, and gives to men the living water; therefore we, with greater eagerness, desire him. A dead God is a mere mockery; we loathe such a monstrous deity; but the ever living God, the perennial fountain of life and light and love, is our soul’s desire. What are gold, honor, pleasure, but dead idols? May we never pant for these. When shall I come and appear before God? He who loves the Lord loves also the assemblies wherein his name is adored. Vain are all pretenses to religion where the outward means of grace have no attraction.”
Most people are thirsty but are not even aware. The Lord has to open our hearts to our spiritual dryness and our need for the refreshing drink of Living Water that only He can give. Once you have tasted this Living Water for yourself two almost contradictory things take place. First, this water of life quenches the thirst of our souls. The nagging itch toward sensual pleasures is taken away, our souls are satisfied, Jesus has quenched our thirsty soul. At the same time a new kind of thirst has been awakened in us. We have lost our desire for the carnal pleasures that enslaved us in the past but we have been captured by a new kind of thirst. Our souls now thirst for God. What a strange phenomenon, the water that finally slakes our thirst awakens another kind of passion in our souls.