Have you ever been REALLY thirsty? I’m talking about thirsty enough that your singular focus was finding water - no matter what. Missy and I were in France for our tenth anniversary. We were busy with sightseeing, etc. and I never really noticed how thirsty I was getting. When I stopped walking to take a rest I started to notice - I was parched. My whole body wanted and needed water. From that moment on I was consumed (no pun intended) with my search for water. As we wandered around Paris I ignored all the good art work, architecture, etc. - all I was looking for was water in any store I could find it. I eventually found water and my thirst went away.
David is the author of this Psalm, Psalm 63. He was in the wilderness hiding from the attacks of his son Absalom when he wrote it. David speaks of being thirsty. This was probably both literal and metaphorical. He was literally thirsty because he fled to the desert to escape the wrath of his son. There was no water in site as most likely David was hiding in a series of caves so as not to be killed. David was also metaphorically thirsting for God. He felt alone, discouraged, and defeated. He was thirsting for the the mercy that only God can provide.
I’m guessing that many of you as you receive this have coffee or some drink in hand or around you. You’re probably not so thirsty that you are wandering around your place of work or house looking for water! But let me ask you this question: are you thirsting for something deeper in your soul? You might have water . . . but do you have peace deep in your soul or are you thirsting for it? If you are thirsting - earnestly seek God out like David says here in Psalms 63:1. You know where to find Him . . .