“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek You; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands. I will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You.”
Psalms‬ ‭63:1-5‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬

David, the Psalmist, is in the Judean desert and is physically and spiritually thirsty. As well as looking for water, he is earnestly seeking God, and probably is having a difficult time finding Him. But the memories. Aah, the memories. Where would we be sometimes without them? David remembers the times he spent with God and how he often lifted up his hands and voice in worship and praise. He knows that, regardless of how he feels at that precise moment, he will soon be spiritually satisfied and refreshed by all the water he needs.

Spiritual deserts can be found anywhere. Those places where God seems far away. When He cannot easily be found. Where our spirits within us are shrivelling for want of the spiritual water that flows from the throne of God. In such a place how do we return to the river? How do we find the spiritual sustenance we need? We start digging. The passage of the river leaves wells full of living water, an unlimited supply of God’s grace and love. And we find the wells in close proximity to Jesus. In John 4, Jesus said, referring to the well outside the village of Sychar in Samaria, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” There is a song by Elevation Worship that contains the lyrics, “Have you come to the end of yourself, Do you thirst for a drink from the well, Jesus is calling.” This poignant invitation for those who are struggling with life and its issues connects people with the Source of all we need. By some mystery, as we in faith respond to Jesus’ call, asking Him for His life giving water, we will feel the power of the Holy Spirit starting to refill us. The only thing stopping us making that connection, receiving a drink from the well of the Holy Spirit, is ourselves, our feelings, all the rubbish we have allowed to crowd out the wells within us. 

So today, let’s put to one side the issues that are blocking up those wells. All that rubbish and dirt that accumulates and turns our verdant pastures into dry and dusty deserts and instead allow room for Jesus to fill us once again. And as a consequence we will receive clarity to view the issues that have mopped up our spiritual water and left us in a “dry and parched” land. 

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