Thirst For the Living God

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If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink! The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.John 7:37

If you are thirsty, the promise is that you CAN come. Jesus is ready to give when you are ready to receive. It’s that simple.

It’s a beautiful promise, but my problem is that instead of talking gulps of the water that is readily available, I often find myself pouring sand down my throat.

This seems to be a universal problem for the human race:

Come, everyone who is thirty, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost! Why do you spend money on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and you will enjoy the choicest of foods. Pay attention and come to Me; listen, so that you will live.Isaiah 55:1-3
For my people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water, and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.Jeremiah 2:13

I want to be more like David.

Actually, what I’m realizing is that, because of the Holy Spirit at work in me, I am more and more like David. When I get tired and weary, when I feel heavy and discouraged with my own sin, when I feel oppressed and disappointed by the world, when I’m shaken by various tragedies and unexpected hardships in life, and when I am confused and and unsure, I find myself longing for God. Just God. I just need Him.

It is beautiful to observe how David’s longing to be away from the oppression of man always led him to sigh more intensely for communion with God.Spurgeon

I don’t need answers first. I don’t need clarity first. I don’t need direction first. I don’t need this or that FROM Him. I just need and want Him.

I want to talk to Him. I want to hear from Him. I want and need to remember that He loves me. I need to remember that Jesus made a way for me and that He died for me. I am forgiven because of what He’s done for me. Even beyond that, I’ve been adopted! The Creator of the universe is my dad. He cares for me. He has a rich inheritance prepared for me. He wants good for me and He is for me.

When I remember the great love that He had for me first, it stirs up my deep love for Him. I find that I just want to know more about Him. I want to obey Him. I want other people to know Him. I want to praise Him! And mostly I just want to enjoy Him. I want to enjoy our relationship.

What used to taste stale, old, and distant now resonates in vibrant color within my soul:

As a deer long for the streams of water, so I long for you, God. I thirst for God, the living God.Psalm 42:1

I’m thirsty, weary, discouraged, overwhelmed, sad, disappointed…and I really just need and want the living God. I’m starting to get it and I just have to tell you from personal experience that nothing satisfies my soul like partaking in what my I long for the most… knowing God Himself and being relationally near to Him.

For me, that practically just looks like time in prayer and the Word. It might not seem all that exciting from the outside looking in, but on the inside it’s about as satisfying as taking a deep drink of water after a 500 mile run in 150 degree weather. Actually…it’s way more satisfying and enjoyable than that…analogies are really limiting in this instance.

If you find yourself thirsty, I just would strongly encourage you to try coming to Jesus. It’s gonna feel a bit awkward and clumsy for a bit. It’s hard to know where to start or how to feel. But with time, if you honestly seek Him, the promise is that you will find Him. If you come thirsty and have even an ounce of faith that He has living water to offer, you will find yourself refreshed.

After all, it isn’t about some hidden and secret ritual, it’s about the faith of coming to Him and believing that He means what He says. Those that come in faith have yet to be disappointed.

We hope that the song below will fan the flames of faith within you and encourage you to cry out the living God in the midst of whatever you’re going through.

Thanks for journeying with us.

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