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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Are you Thirsty?

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”
Psalm 63:1

During these hot summer months, I am more mindful of our deep need for water. I find myself thirstier and consuming more amounts of liquid during the day. Our bodies need water to sustain our life. It has been said that we can go quite a while without food, but not very long without water. As much as my body needs water, it has not been my “drink of choice”. In the past, I would much rather have sweet tea, diet coke, or even milk over water, but then the weirdest thing happened. I began to force myself to drink water. As I drank water on a regular basis, I found my body actually cultivating a thirst for more. As my body experienced the benefits of water, I began to yearn for more and more of it. Where I used to have to force myself to drink one glass, now I am usually carrying a bottle around with me throughout the day.

This is much like our spiritual life. While we may think that we are able to go without feeding it, we actually cannot go very long without drinking from the water of His word. We will shrivel up spiritually without the refreshing spiritual nourishment of His word. The Bible tells us, “Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for His righteousness”. The only way to cultivate a hunger and a thirst is to digest it regularly. As we absorb His word daily, we will find ourselves developing a deeper thirst for it. We will find ourselves taking more and more of it with us and desiring it throughout the day, not just taking a little dab here and there.

No matter where you are in your journey with Christ, whether you are finding it hard to digest His truth, forcing yourself to partake of it when you can, or enjoying its nourishment each and every day, the truth is the same. If you will take the time and enforce the discipline to get into His Word each and every day, you will find that you not only gain spiritual benefits, but come to a place of deep desire for more.

The psalmist said, “as the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you”. This is where I want my spiritual appetite to be. I want to absorb God’s Word each day and allow God to increase my hunger and thirst for Him. Just as I physically carry water with me and drink it throughout the day, I want to have such a thirst for God that I am consciously taking His word with me throughout the day.

I want it to soak into my heart and life and overflow into the lives of others. Just like I can see others drinking a cold glass of water and feel thirsty or hear someone talking about a great restaurant and get incredibly hungry, I want others to see my life, and Jesus in me, so much so, that they are drawn to Him. I have found the source of living water and I want to gulp it in and share it with all those around me, as well.

Don’t you?

Lord, thank you that you are the Spring of Living Water. Thank you that when I soak in your Word, my spirit is renewed, refreshed, and nourished. Help me to cultivate a deeper hunger and thirst for You and enable me to share the thirst quenching water you offer with those around me.

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Blogger Denise said...

Bless you dear.

August 16, 2009 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

How true it is - once we get a taste, we crave more! Great post, Tammy.

August 16, 2009 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

I deeply enjoyed reading this today. Thank You :)

August 16, 2009 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Seeker said...

I am dieting and housebound and this was a wonderful blessing today! Thank you.

August 16, 2009 at 2:35 PM  
Blogger Brook said...

Thank you for expressing my thoughts! I, too, want the life-sustaining nourishment of living water to be evident in me. Thank you so much for your words and for sharing your heart!

August 16, 2009 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Sande said...

Just read Brads book where he gives a metaphore of lives devouring water they thought was wonderful and they thought was life giving but it was actually killing them because it was SALTY.

You are so right. We need His water. And we need to have it as pure and unrefined as possible. Straight from the horses mouth ... although I probably could have picked a better metal picture.

August 16, 2009 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Pttyann said...

How very true! And I also thirst for him more & more,wonderful post.
Numbers 6:24~26

August 16, 2009 at 7:49 PM  
Anonymous heckety said...

This is so very true, thank you!

August 16, 2009 at 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Tami said...

When I think about a parched land, I envision hardened ground crisscrossed with wide cracks. And then I think about how hard and cracked I get when I have not filled my soul with the living water of God's word on a daily basis. For me, the image of a hard and cracked soul brings to mind angry responses, defensive attitudes, bitter thoughts and hateful words. Self pity and depression can be indications as well.

Thanks for the word remember to drink daily before the soul is hard and cracked!

August 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM  

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