The Thirsty Soul
by Rev. Tom Gray
David’s deep relationship with God strengthened and uplifted him even in the hardest of times. One of the most beautiful of his Psalms begins,
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God. (Psalm 42)
Many of us desire just such an experience. David’s spiritual depth came through disciplines that explain how he could honestly write the above:
- David sought God in everything he did or saw. This created an attitude that recognized the Lord in all kinds of circumstances and places.
- David thought a lot about God. If we examine ourselves, our lives, and our circumstances, we will see where and how the Lord has been at work in us.
- David talked with God constantly. The Psalms are an example of this. Prayer draws us to God in the deepest way.
- David didn’t just think about God, he obeyed Him and tried to act in ways to please Him.
- David honored God by putting God’s way first. The Lord was at the center of his life, not an addition when he thought of it.
I am not saying that David did any of these things perfectly, nor can I say that anyone does. But even as these disciplines drew him toward God, they can do the same for us. Think on this. Take it seriously and try to live it a day at a time.