2 November 2007Psalm 63
"I seek you, my soul thirsts for you." (v.1)
David wrote this psalm while he was hiding in the wilderness,
seeking refuge from the heat of the sun and living in fear of those
who were trying to kill him.
Have you ever been thirsty? Have you ever been so thirsty and there was nowhere for you to get a drink? Can you remember what that felt like? How long can I keep going? Will there be water soon? Was there desperation and what action did you then take?
If you haven't, can you imagine what it must be like to live in a dry and dusty land, where there is no water?
The challenge from this psalm today is two fold:
- I desperately need water to survive, but do I as desperately seek my God? Do I regularly take time out of my busy schedule to reflect on God, and on the tasks God has laid before me this day and on his presence and power within those tasks?
- I hold before me images of people who are living with shortage of water today and each day of their lives. Women who walk for over ten kilometres to get one litre of water, and those who are surrounded by water in countries that are flooded by monsoon rains and storms.
I wonder what situation you find yourself in today. Can you allow this psalm to speak to your needs? I invite you to re-read the psalm very slowly, meditating and reflecting on each word or phrase that sticks in your mind. These could be God's words to you today.
Is there anything you could do to support those who don't have access to clean water?