More Refreshing Than Water

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Psalm 63
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
1 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.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.

7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.

8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.

9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.

10 They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

In Psalm 63, David talks about his soul thirsting for God. This is a vivid description of what I envision:

David is stranded in the desert, alone. The sun is beating down on him. Sweat is dripping from every part of his body. A single drop runs from his furrowed brow onto the blade of his shoulder. The heat is stiff and unbearable. It is uncomfortable to move. His tongue is dry, parched. He is literally dying of thirst. He stays still to preserve energy. And with everything he has in him, he cries out to God. But what is it that David longs for?

“My soul thirsts for you, in a dry and weary land, where there is not water.”

David does not ask God for a large glass of water. He does not ask God to fulfill his temporal need. But instead, he asks God to quench his eternal thirst.

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”

In this Psalm, David is exemplifying his true faithfulness to God. The most unique thing about the way that David prays is that regardless of his circumstances, he is choosing to praise God through it. In examining the way that David writes, he is not ashamed to say that he is sad, or broken. But his response to pain is key, for he chooses to focus on the trueness of God’s love and how it is steadfast and unchanging. Rather than focusing on the temporary pain, he chooses to acknowledge that God’s love is greater.

Consider a situation in your life at this very moment. It could be anything. It could be financial struggles. It could be trying to determine what you are going to do for the rest of your life. It could be trying to figure out where you are going to college, or where you are going after college. It could be questioning the relationship you are in, or the friendships you have. It could be that you are fighting constantly with your parents, or your brothers or sisters. It could be that your job is making you miserable and you can’t stand the way your boss treats you. It could be that you are mourning the death of a loved one. Or maybe you are watching a loved one who is dying and sick. Maybe you have been hurt, by a stranger or by someone you loved.

The thing about pain is that no one escapes its wrath. Pain is relative; it all hurts the same.

But whatever adversity we face, God’s glory is never in question. We may not understand why we are struggling. But it’s choosing to trust God in the storm, not just after it. Author Jerry Bridges says in his book, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts that “Trusting in God does not mean she does not suffer grief, that her heart does not ache. It means that in the midst of her heartache and grief she can say something to the effect of, ‘Lord, I know You were in control of this dreadful event. I do not understand why You allowed it to happen, but I trust You.’”

We can all learn a lesson from David. No matter what obstacle God is bringing you through, BELIEVE that HE IS bringing you through it. And don’t just pray for a bandaid. Don’t just pray that God would take it away from you. For we know as scripture says in Romans 5:2-5, “And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Don’t just ask God for a glass of water. Ask Him for the living water. Let your soul thirst for Jesus alone. Because Jesus is enough. He is everything you’ll ever need. Don’t be afraid to be honest with God, because He can handle it. If you are mad with God, be mad. If you are sad and heart broken like David, then tell Him. But ultimately, trust God; trust that He is bigger and better than any pain you are going through right now and His love is steadfast. He wants to hold you like any Father would want to hold His hurting child.

So let Him hold you. Let Him be everything you need.

Read more of Brianna’s blog posts at A Penny for Her Thoughts.

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