“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.” Psalm 63:1.
I read Psalm 63 today.
This first verse troubled me.
A fair assessment reveals that I do not “thirst” for God. “Thirst” is extreme and my relationship to God isn’t.
I love God and I enjoy reading/studying His Word. I pray to Him irregularly.
But I would never describe my relationship to Him as extreme and no one I know would see me that way.
And that’s sad………and discouraging.
I think what has happened is that my lukewarm relationship has become normal for me. I will have my moments of closeness to Him but more often I’m comfortable with mediocrity.
It’s a relationship that’s hardly a relationship.
One commentary set up the thinking in this verse by asking, “How can I love someone else’s God?”
My thinking is so faulty on this one. I interact with God as if He’s not MY God.
Am I thinking that He has other folks to interact with and so I limit mine?
What if I believed that His Spirit is within me?
My problem is that I don’t think of Him being here with me. I think, instead, of Him being nearby only when I read His Word and pray. Other times I unintentionally move Him to the perimeter.
A “thirst” for Him can’t be like that.
Conclusion: Things aren’t the way they should be.