O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
My Soul Thirsts For You
I have seen you barren. I have watched you when you have been dry and weary. I have taken notice when you have been parched and thirsty for me. You have been like someone crawling across a desert floor where there is no water. Then you have cried out to me. Then you have known that you need me to refresh your life and satisfy your soul. Then you have drawn near to me as I have drawn near to you. In these moments what have you learned? What have I taught you? I have learned that you will always draw near to me as I draw near to you. You will never turn me away. In your presence you will always refresh my life and satisfy my soul. There is no need for me to be barren. There is no reason for my life to become dry and weary. I should never look like some parched and thirsty traveler crawling across a desert floor where there is no water. No, that is not my plan for you. That is not what I want to see in your life.
What do you think I want for you? You want me to live in your presence. You want me to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. You never want to see me barren, dry and weary. You want me to be vibrant and refreshed and alive. You want me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. You want me to bring glory to your name. You want me to know you. You want me to live in your love. You want my life to be filled with joyful, praise and thanks to you. You want me to have you in my heart and on my mind. You want me to find peace and rest in you. You want me to rely on you for your help. You want me to hold on to you as you hold on to me. Yes, I want all of these things for you. Do you want all of these things that I would like to give to you? Yes Lord, I do.
What will you do differently? I will not ignore the cry of my heart. I will not fail to live in your love. I will allow my lips to be filled with thanks and praise to you. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. I will not wander away from your presence. I will walk with you as you walk with me. I will think about you day and night. I will meditate on your word at all times. I will drink deeply of the life that you want to give to me. I will earnestly seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, you will.
Lord, I have been barren. I have been dry and weary. I have been parched and thirsty for you just as if I was crawling across the hot desert floor where there was no water. Thank you for refreshing my life and satisfying my soul as I have earnestly sought you. Amen
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