Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Ephesians 4:32
Read the “0624 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1-2)
Being thirsty and in need of a drink is a desperate feeling. Many times people say that they are “dying for water” or “just need a little bit” to quench their thirst. Many times this feeling comes after doing some hard work or going without it for too long. But in Psalm 42 we see that it is not water they desperately desire it is God. In the heat of summer it is normal to say you are thirsty or in need of some cold water after a day outside. And maybe even in the presence of a revival meeting it is easy to say that you are thirsty for God. But what about every other time? When it seems like life is going well we may not recognize God for the blessings, or when it seems like things aren’t going well we may be mad or confused by God’s decisions. However, the best place may just be in the state of constantly panting for God, reminding yourself that the best place to be is in the center of His will and being absolutely desperate for His provision.
“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. ” (Psalm 40:1-3)
Being thirsty is being in a state of dissatisfaction or discomfort, when you are not happy with the state you are in or you have a need that is not being fulfilled. But, being dissatisfied can lead to bad decisions as well as we see in other instances in the Bible; Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery because of their jealousy, Cain murdered Abel out of spite, and Eve took the forbidden fruit because of her curiosity. Dissatisfaction leads you to look for more in the wrong places. However, by humbly submitting yourself to the obedience of God’s will and perfect plan, and panting for God rather than the things of this world your path will be established with wonderful works.
“Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” (Psalm 40:5)
In John it is promised that we will never be thirsty when we drink from the water of everlasting life. The temporary moments of dissatisfaction should be outweighed by the amount of blessings and provision God has promised and provided for us. Our thirst for God should be continually quenched through following His will. “
Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14)
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