What We’re Hungry For!

“O God, you are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1)

Here David, although circumstances had him in a “dry and weary” wilderness, wrote that he had a thirst for something greater even than his thirst for water: his thirst for God.  

That God was what he longed for is dramatically emphasized in this Psalm. Notice how many times that David, addressing God, uses the 2nd Person pronoun in these verses:

:1 “You … You … You … You …”
:2 “You … Your … Your …”
:3 “Your … You …”
:4 “You … Your …”
:6 “You … You …”
:7 “You … Your …”
:8 “You … Your …”

These pronouns are used SEVENTEEN (17) times in only 8 verses!  The message of Psalm 63 is very clear: “You” — GOD — is definitely the focus.  David knew that He alone could satisfy his soul — and The Lord is the only One who can satisfy the hunger and thirst of our own souls as well.

Augustine of Hippo Regis had it right: “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in You.”  Let us be sure that we bring our own spiritual hunger and thirst to the only One who can satisfy it. Then like David we will be able to say: “My soul is satisfied, as with marrow and fatness.” (:5)

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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