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.