My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:2, KJV)
Spiritual thirst is good. The Psalmist says his soul “thirsteth for God”. Thirst is a desire for God born out of a deep-seated need for Him. Think about what happens when you are thirsty. Your body has a need for water, and causes a craving or strong desire for it. The deepest need of any human being is life, and God is, and is the Source of life. However, the Psalmist deep thirsts for God was not for his earthly life. He was yearning for eternal life, for fellowship with God.
In today’s language, we can say the Psalmist was “missing God a lot!”. He deeply desired God, His presence, His fellowship. This thirst interestingly was satisfied the day Jesus came into our lives. He is eternal life, and He brought us back to fellowship with God. However, we continue to hunger and thirst for God in the flesh, that is, in a practical and natural way in our daily walk with Him.
There is hunger in our hearts to know God. There is a thirst in our hearts for more of His presence. We long to see God’s power manifested. We long to have a more intimate practical fellowship with God. This is still spiritual thirst, and it is good. I often say it is a subtle but important characteristic of a healthy spiritual life. Be concerned about your spiritual life if the desire for God starts fading.
Your desire for God should overwhelm you. There are times I get so hungry for God that nothing else makes me happy. The fullness of God is for those who are thirsty. If you are not thirsty, a drink will not be given to you. This generation should be a thirsty generation because of what is upon us. Be dissatisfied with the religion and routines of Christianity. Let your soul thirst for God, for His presence and for His power.
What is spiritual thirst? How is your spiritual thirst today different from the thirst of the Psalmist in the Old Testament?
APPLY THE WORD
Are you content with your knowledge and intimacy with God? Are you contented with your fellowship of the Spirit? If you are content, then that contentment is an enemy you should eliminate. Be hungry and thirsty for God. There is more of His presence, power, and glory He has for you.
Ask the Lord for a fresh outpouring of spiritual thirst in your heart.