You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:1-5 –
Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land. Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Psalm 143:2-7 –
Even David, a man after God’s own heart had his moments of dryness, discouragement and doubt. He had his moments he felt keenly his own sin, personal failures, and helplessness.
David often faced human enemies, he also faced internal struggles of fear and his own personal sins.
David though was a man of passion and prayer. He grew restless and dissatisfied with sensing God’s presence withdrawn. He longed for His God and used the situation around him to describe how his soul felt. In the desert of Judah, most likely fleeing from one of his enemies, probably Saul.
David takes the scene around him and poetically equivocates it to how his soul felt.
In Psalm 84, he says, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
When we walk by faith too, and wholeheartedly obey God, He will restore our souls continually with Himself and quench our hungers and thirst. God is truly what our hearts crave and so often we are tempted to run to other things to help us handle our desires, fears, or cope with our problems. Yet these external things do not do a thing to truly solve our problems.
Only God can give our hearts peace. Only God can do this: “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11)
This is what Jesus speaks of in John 10, “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, and life abundantly.”
Jesus can give us strength and joy even in our hard times and we can have hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
In order to enter this life of good from God, we first must realize our sins have separated us from God. Jesus came to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and rose again to give us new life. When we surrender our lives to Him by faith, he washes us clean from sin and gives us His Spirit to enable us to live for God!
Yet as Christians who already are saved by Him, we too will encounter challenges and trials. We still have His promise that if we seek His power, He will enable us to overcome whatever we face.
Dry spells may happen, yet we must wait patiently for refreshing spiritual rain and continue to seek and obey Him!