Have you ever, like me, had a day when your heart and soul is just parched…dry…thirsty…brittle…at the point of breaking into a thousand pieces?
Have you ever wondered into a place of depression…where your heart and soul is downcast and disturbed within you? No peace…no rest…just dry…thirsty… brittle…about to explode into a thousand pieces!
You reflect on those days filled with laughter, joy, happiness. You ask yourself, how can I recapture these moments? How can I quench this thirst in my parched, dry soul?
Come onto me, says Jesus, all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Rest for your wandering soul…water for your dry, thirsty spirit…but not just any water…but living water from a living God.
Psalm 42: 5 and 6 (NLT) says “I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again—my Savior and my God!” Praise Him again! Praise Him again, I say! Instead of spirit of heaviness…put on a garment of praise.
“Praise Him about what,” you might ask indignantly! I praise Him that I’m still alive…I praise Him that I’ve not gone crazy and lost my mind…I praise Him that I still have family around me that loves me, despite my crazy self…I praise Him because He’s never left me nor forsaken me…I praise Him because I’ve never gone a day hungry…I praise Him that although I’ve been homeless (without my own place to call home), I still had a safe, warm place to rest my head…I praise Him because I have my health…I praise Him because He still loves me and still desires to bless me, despite all the terrible things I’ve done, said, and even thought to do.
Praise Him about what? Only you can answer that for you.
Psalm 84: 4 (NIV) says “Blessed (or empowered) are those who dwell (remain constantly) in your house; they are ever praising you.” We are empowered when we praise. When my thirsty soul yearns and even faints for God; when my heart and flesh cry out for the living God, He will quench my thirst. So, I will yet praise Him.
Oh better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere!
Psalm 84 goes on to promise me in verse 11 that the “Lord will bestow favor honor; no good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” I challenge you to walk uprightly…to do the right thang…like we used to say back in the days. Do the right thing and He will withhold no good thing from you.
The Spirit of God asks this question in Isaiah 55: 2, “why do spend your money on what is not bread (on appetites that do not promote your spiritual development), and your labor on what does not satisfy?”
Are you still dissatisfied at the end of your day? Are you still empty and void every night? Then you, my friend, are a candidate for the Lord’s bread and His water. He beckons us to “come…come all who are thirsty.”
I close with Isaiah 55: 6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on him while he is near.”
Further reading – Psalm 42, Psalm 84, and Isaiah 55