PS. 63:1 ¶ O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
Spiritual thirst is a gift from God. The natural man has no thirst for the living God. He may have interest in spiritual conversation but it is some sort of performance that he can take pride in. In his heart he thinks ‘surely God is pleased with me because of…’. You can fill in the blanks, usually a combination of so-called spiritual knowledge and some sort of good deeds or religious exercises. Thirsting for God Himself is quite different. Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes this thirst.
“Thirst is an insatiable longing after that which is one of the most essential supports of life; there is no reasoning with it, no forgetting it, no despising it, no overcoming it by stoical indifference. Thirst will be heard; the whole man must yield to its power; even thus is it that divine desire which the grace of God creates in regenerate men; only God himself can satisfy the craving of a soul really aroused by the Holy Spirit. My flesh longeth for thee; by the two words soul and flesh, he denotes the whole of his being.”
David is describing something that is quite different from just religious exercises and chatter, He is describing a longing for intimacy with God Himself. He is the fountain, the living water that flows out from Him is the blessed Holy Spirit. This is the true drink our souls long for. Thomas Brooks also described the blessing of true spiritual thirst.
“He doth not say my soul thirsteth for water, but my soul thirsteth for thee; nor he doth say my soul thirsteth for the blood of my enemies, but my soul thirsteth for thee; nor he doth not say my soul thirsteth for deliverance out of this dry and thirsty land, where no water is; nor he doth not say my soul thirsteth for a crown, a kingdom, but my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee.”
This is it, spiritual thirst is not even going after the benefits that God offers us, it doesn’t look for His gifts; spiritual thirst is looking for Him. So let your troubles bring you to the fountain. Sure your problems can bring you there but the solution will be far different, far better, than you ever dreamed.