What is it you really, really want? For the teenager sitting an exam, it’s to pass. For the lonely, it’s someone to share life with. Some needs are desperate. But one of our most pressing requirements for life itself, is water. In the UK, we are rarely more than an hour away from a tap; we have no idea of the urgent, burning, desperate need experienced by the truly thirsty, “in a dry and weary land where there is no water”, as described in Psalm 63.
David, the psalmist, had spent time in the wilderness. He knew the searing sensation of what it was like not to have access to this vital commodity. And that was how desperately he wanted God’s presence.
Those of us who live in the relative luxury of comfortable western civilisation, have little idea of what it is to truly ‘need’. Maybe that is why we don’t long for God either, with that deep, desperate longing that David had. I’m praying that God puts that thirst, that hunger, that desperate need within me, for his presence. Because I know that when I do, “my soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods.”
I’ve had glimpses of times, when I “think of him through the watches of the night”, knowing his help, “singing in the shadow of his wings.” But so far, they’ve only been a taster.
I want more, please Lord!