This year my daughter Annette was assigned a verse to share:
Psalm 63:1English Standard Version (ESV)
My Soul Thirsts for You
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.63 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
She worked hard preparing her message. I remember seeing her with at least 4 different Bible translations and her Bible dictionary, concordance, picture dictionary, one of those books that tell you what life was like back then, etc. She really studied for this.
It really made my mama heart sing, seeing her want to really understand the verse. I’m so very proud of her.
Unfortunately we only got one picture of her and it’s not a very good one.
Here is her message.
How do we prepare our hearts for God to speak to us? One key aspect is desire for God . David is a great example of this. He fled Jerusalem from his son Absalom who rebelled against him. David escaped into the Judean wilderness which is a barren desert. And it is at this time instead of complaining or wondering why this is happening to him of all people he writes Psalms 63:1
One of the two things that stood out to me in this verse, is how David sought God. In Hebrew the word used for this phrase is shacher which literally translates early or indicating at dawn. I see this as signifying David is seeking God before anything else God is his number one objective even before his kingdom which is in the hands of his son who is seeking his life. The word shacher also implies earnestly and some Bibles translate it this way. David has a close relationship with God yet he’s not satisfied he’s earnestly seeking yet a more intimate relationship with God. In this psalm he is not seeking for help or his kingdom just God.
The second thing that caught my attention in the verse is David’s longing for God. He describes it using the word thirst. If you really think about it when you are thirsty that is what consumes your thoughts that is all you can think about all you really want to do is drink water to quench your thirst.in the same way all that David’s is thinking about is God all he wants is God. David also demonstrates that he understands fully that God is the only thing worthy the only thing that will fill his longing. He has experienced much and has been in many situations from a shepherd boy all the way to a fugitive and a king, he’s not perfect he has sinned and endured the consequences but yet through all this he has stayed faithful to God he has found nothing else comparable and is still thirsty for God.
David shows well the actions of desiring God, seeking and longing but how do we do it? I seek God by reading the bible praying listening for an answer and mediation or reflection on His word. I believe God places in our hearts a longing for him. I am learning to fill that longing with, Him and not with worldly things that will only temporary distract me from that longing.
So in summary seeking God is setting mind and heart on Him and is the action of desiring God. Longing is desiring God . Seeking God diligently should be our number one passion and we should fill our longing with God instead distracting it with materialistic things.