A reflection on Psalm 63:1
“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.” (Psalm 63:1).
I’m sure there have been times for you as there has been for me when you have been so thirsty there has been nothing else you have been able to think about until you have had something to drink. Whether on a bush walk with the knowledge that it will be 2 hours until you get to some water, or just in the middle of the night waking up thirsty… so thirsty you just have to get up to get a drink.
David in this Psalm uses this image to explain how his soul, that is, his entire being longs to have its thirst quenched not with water but with God Himself. This may seem like a weird way to speak about God, particularly in our culture where most ideas of God seem to be about a distant, removed, or just plain mean god – and that is if the idea of god is even accepted at all!
What is quite extraordinary is the way that Jesus takes this up. He says: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35), and again “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” (John 7:37-38).
Jesus is God the Son and He is the Only One able to satisfy the need of our souls. He is able to quench our deepest thirst and fill us up with His Spirit in such a way that we will never thirst again but will overflow. Jesus alone can give us all we need forever. Forgiveness of all our sins, peace with God and adoption into God’s family as his very own children.
Jesus paid the cost to eternally quench our thirst by laying down His life on the cross. How will you respond to that?
A reflection on Isaiah 9:6-7:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
Sometimes we might laugh when something we said would happen, actually happens. You might think of a time when you guessed something would take place, or of the shock result of a team losing or winning, or even of the popularity of a certain thing diminishing in the space of a week that you had said would happen. But what we have in the Scriptures is truly astounding…
More than 2500 years before Jesus was born these words were recorded down by the prophet Isaiah. It was foretold to him by God that one would come who would not reign as king for even a century but forevermore. This One to come would not be like any king that had come before. He would not be a tyrant or oppressive to the poor and needy. He would not be greedy and half-hearted and dismissive to the cries of the weak. He would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
When we read through the New Testament – written after Jesus’ death and resurrection – we learn of Him who fulfilled all these things. The Perfect King. The One who through His death made a way for each person to be brought into the eternal joy of relationship with God Almighty. The One who will one day return in the fullness of His glory to bring all those who are waiting for Him.
For the One who trusts in Jesus, their Saviour and King, there is no need for fear. His Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom that will never come to an end. For those who have found in Jesus full forgiveness and peace with God our end will not be death and punishment, but life and peace for ever in the presence of our King Jesus.
Father, we praise you and thank for Jesus our Prince of Peace. Thank you for Your faithfulness to keep Your promises.