O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirst for You; my flesh longs for You, in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Psalm 63:1-2
We have all experienced thirst. Perhaps after working in the yard on a summer day, or during a grueling basketball practice. Or an afternoon on the beach. We have also experienced the quenching of our thirst – whether it be a glass of water, a Coke, or a beer. I recall not wanting to leave the hose our football coaches had out during our two-a-day practices in July.
Our thirst for God and his word is different. Our longing for Him is never quenched. In fact, the more we set out to satisfy this thirst, the more we long for it. David had such a thirst after God. Having drunk from the well of God, he desired more. David was consumed with knowing God and with that, of praising Him. In Psalm 71, he says, “My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day,” (verse 8) and he closes the Psalm with “And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day…” (verse 24).
Thirsting after God leads us to give God praises and to tell others about Him, because we have endured the thirst ourselves. Our desire to tell others about God, to share our knowledge and experience with others, is a desire for others to know God and to know Him more fully. And this lies at the heart of revival. Those who have not satisfied a deep thirst see no reason to pray for revival.
So let us thirst.