“O, God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.”Psalm 63:1
What does David mean in this Psalm when he speaks of a parched and weary land where there is no water? Is he only speaking of a physical land and a desire for physical water?
No, he is also referring to the fact that there is nothing in this old world that can satisfy the thirst of our souls. He isn’t merely referring to a physical thirst, but the thirst deep inside each of us. This is why he says his soul thirsts for God.
This world is like a parched and weary desert and whatever “water” it appears to offer us is just a mirage. When we attempt to drink of it, we find ourselves thirstier still and even more desperate.
In John 4:13-14, Jesus meets a woman at a well…a broken woman who had lived a broken life. A woman drawing physical water from a well but whose soul was desperately thirsty and who had tried over and over again to drink from the empty mirages of this world. And He says something incredible…that those who drink of the living water He gives will never be thirsty again. The water He offers becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within us giving us eternal life.
Have you been trying to drink from the mirages of a parched and weary land? Is there a thirst deep inside of you that can’t be satisfied…that has left you feeling empty no matter what you attempt to fill it with?
Come, drink of the water only Jesus can offer you. Give yourself to Him, let Him forgive you of all your sins, cleanse you, and fill you with the fresh, bubbling spring of eternal life. Drink of His salvation and know true, abundant life (John 10:10).