In 1996, a young marine Corporal named Joey Mora fell off the platform of an aircraft carrier patrolling the Iranian Sea. A Pakistani fishing boat miraculously rescued him after he spent nearly 72 hours in the water. He survived by treading water and using his trousers as a makeshift-floating device. When asked later what was the most difficult part of the ordeal, Mora stated that the one thought that took over his mind and his body was “water”.
The writer of this Psalm is using thirst to describe how our souls should long for God. We should long and pant for God in the same way Corporal Mora was thirsting for water. As the thought of water took over his mind and body, the psalmist tells us that our desire for God should take over our mind and body.
It’s not difficult to develop a thirst for water. If we go several hours without drinking fluids…our body supplies the thirst. That thirst is very specific. It will only be quenched by drinking fluids.
While our soul thirsts for God, that thirst is not as specific as our body’s thirst. We sense a deep need, but we often can’t specify what that need is. So we try to quench that need through things other than God such as hard work, sexual escapades, or materialism. They seem to quench the need for a short time, but soon the emptiness returns.
The only way to truly quench our soul thirst is through God.
We often tell our patients to drink plenty of fluids, but do we also recognize our need to satisfy our own soul thirst? Soul thirst is quenched through spending time with God, studying His Word, and enjoying His presence throughout the day. There is no substitute for these basic things. They don’t cost money…only our time.
Just as you regularly quench your physical thirst, take time to quench your soul thirst. Begin the day in the Word, soaking in His presence, and taking the time necessary for prayer. Don’t let your busy day keep your soul thirsty.
Lord- help me find the time to quench the thirst deep in my soul, both now and throughout this day.