Water is essential to life. Every living thing needs water and humans are no different. This need is only amplified during hot weather. Spending time outside on a hot day intensifies our thirst for water and there is nothing like having our thirst quenched with some ice-cold water. In Psalm 63, David speaks of his “thirst” for God. As your read the first few verses of this Psalm, you will discover that David was not a passive man. This was man who had a hunger and a desire that almost seems foreign to us today:
“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.” (Psalm 63:1-5)
David clearly enjoyed a love relationship with God. David had a desperate desire to know God. He wanted to discover more and more of his Savior’s beauty, glory, and majesty so that he might praise and adore the eternal God. Never content with little, David was desperate for God. I love the famous C.S. Lewis quote from his book “Weight of Glory.”
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
Lewis is right. We do get excited over sports and entertainment and vacations and silly things like that, but how often do we get excited about God? How often do we stop and reflect on the goodness of God in sending his Son to this world? How often do we marvel at the love of God in providing a Redeemer, so that we might be forgiven of our sins? How often do we sit back in wonder of the God who saves through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ? In short, how often do we get excited about the most important thing in the world – knowing God?
Friend, don’t be content with little. Don’t be content with having some factual knowledge about Jesus. Instead, seek a true knowledge of God. Seek to know more about God tomorrow than you do today. Strive for an intimate love relationship with God that comes through His Son. Be desperate for God and you will find that infinite joy you are longing for.