(Psa 63:1 KJV) A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
(Proverbs 5 also read)
What a beautiful word picture to greet me as I stare out the window into the pre-dawn darkness and see it is already 78 degrees. I live in the hill country of Texas and I think it has a lot in common with much of Israel. It is hot. It is dry. It is forbidding. I have also driven across the deserts of the West. The terrain between Barstow and Las Vegas is some of the most desolate you will find in America.
This verse reminds me of leaving a pit stop with the air conditioning blasting and a large, cold drink in my hand. Outside it is deadly. Inside it is quite comfortable. I hesitate to call it glorious because that seems to take the glory David is talking about and make it common.
This is a picture of our lives. We live in a world that is “dry” (6723) and “weary” (5889). You don’t have to look too far outside the oasis God gives us to see it. Times are desperate. Culture is decayed. Even the church has lost its way. Yet we live in the spotlight of God’s love.
So? Look around you and admit the chaos. Look inside you and sense the peace that comes from having what Jesus called the flow of living water. Take a drink and rejoice.