Hello, my friend. Ever been truly thirsty? I remember back in the fifties when I was a missionary in the Ubangi. Our new Chevy pick-up had arrived at Libenge, our mission station on the Ubangi River. The only way I could get it would be to travel by bike the fifty-plus miles, from our station inland, Tandala. So off I started carrying a canteen of water with me, knowing I could never drink water from a village or a stream because of widespread dysentery through the region. And all went well for the first few hours. But about noon, I had a flat-tire, and had no way to repair the tube. But an enterprising African from a village said, “Just fill it with straw, white-friend.” So I filled the tire with straw, and amazingly it worked, altho’ at a greatly reduced speed. I set off, but soon found my canteen was empty. I became increasingly thirsty, and then almost desperate. I had one consuming desire: to get a drink of water. Finally I did arrive at Kala, and poured clean water over my head, after drinking a gallon of it. Nothing has ever tasted sweeter than that.
Why this long illustration? Because in this wonderful PSALM 63 David refers so strongly to his desire for the Lord. He says, “earnestly I seek you…my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Isn’t that powerful? Have you ever felt that great a longing for God? To be that hungry is certainly one of God’s most gracious gifts to an earnest believer. David continues in the same vein by saying, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live…on my bed I remember you, through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadows of your wings…My soul clings to you; your right hand grips me.”
Oh, how powerfully does this wonderful Psalm reflect the definition of what it means to seek God. Hebrews 11:6, so often referred to here in the Village Schools, says, “God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” How diligently? Well, this Psalm describes so wonderfully what this key to God’s rewards is… a passion that cannot be denied, an enthusiasm which over-rules all other desires, and a strong intention that is focused and fervent in its pursuit. Of course, one cannot command a person to be hungry or to be thirsty. This hunger and thirst comes because of a previous taste of the object desired. I am hungry intrinsically, because I need food to grow. And I am hungry for certain foods because I know they will help me grow. Peter says so wonderfully, “Like newborn babes, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (2:2-3). Ponder this Psalm, examine the quality of your mental and emotional food, and as the Lord said to Ezekiel, (3:3): “‘Eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.’ So I ate it and it tasted sweet as honey in my mouth. He then said, ‘Go and speak my words to them.’”
“Stir us Lord, with a passion and hunger for you and your precious Word. Bless my friend who is alongside with this eagerness to know and share you well. Thank you, for the wonder of it all.”
Thank you, partner, for your fellowship. Cheerio!
These meditations on the Psalms were written by Village Schools of the Bible Founder, Monty Sholund and first published in book form as Monty’s Musings on the Psalms in 2000. Copies are available for $10 and can be ordered here.
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