Ps. 63:1 – O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thirst is one of the few things that can’t be ignored and ultimately will not be denied. When you are thirsty all your other desires seem insignificant. Everything else will just have to wait until your thirst is quenched. David understood thirst and wilderness and the role water played in the sustenance of life. As a shepherd in his youth leading the sheep to water was a daily priority. When his spiritual eyes were opened he became intensely aware of his spiritual thirsting. David knew that in order to live he had to have water every day. The solution, his journeys always kept him close to his water source. He had to lead the sheep beside the waters of rest, how much more would David need spiritual refreshment for his soul. When David was in exile his mind turned back to the waters of Bethlehem. 2 Sam.23:14,15 – “David was then in the stronghold, while the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. David had a craving and said, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate!” He remembered drinking from those wells to quench his thirst, he needed a drink that day as he ran for his life. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on today’s verse.
“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 with 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….When the wilderness caused David weariness, discomfort, and thirst, his flesh cried out in unison with the desire of his soul. In a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. A weary place and a weary heart make the presence of God the more desirable: if there be nothing below and nothing within to cheer, it is a thousand mercies that we may look up and find all we need.”
So thirst is a good thing, it reminds us of our greatest need. It reminds us to return daily to the well that satisfies our soul.