Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 119:129-152
Blessed are the Thirsty
Have you ever had dehydration sickness in the heat of summer? I have experienced this unpleasant condition multiple times. You would think once would be enough to teach me the lesson, but no, I have proven myself to be rather thick headed in this particular area...the area, that is, of making sure I'm adequately hydrated BEFORE doing physically demanding activities in extreme heat.
And that is exactly the lesson to learn: You have to be hydrated BEFORE you get thirsty. If you wait until you're thirsty in the hot sun, it's too late. Too late for what? Too late to hydrate. Dehydration sickness causes nausea, which makes your body reject any liquid you try to put into it. And that's what makes the whole thing so miserable (and dangerous). At the point when you need water the most, you can't even keep it down.
I open my mouth and pant,
because I long for your commandments (Psalm 119:131).
This verse reminds me of when Jesus said:
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied (Matthew 5:6).
If you and I wait until we're spiritually dehydrated in the heat of the battle to drink deeply of God's Word, if we wait to thirst for righteousness until we're thirsty...we're not doing ourselves any favors. And so the questions that demand serious personal reflection are these: Do I thirst for the Word of God and for the righteousness of Christ in my own life as if my life depended on it? Am I continually drinking deeply from the well of Living Water, or am I tolerating spiritual dehydration in my life?
Here's what I've learned from my stupidity of marching out dehydrated into the hot sun on more than one occasion: You're thirsty before you're thirsty. In other words, the human body needs water before the human body feels the sensation of thirst. In the same way, you and I need to learn to thirst for Jesus, His Word, His ways, and His Spirit before we feel desperate. Because the reality is that we ARE desperately in need of Christ regardless of whether or not we feel that need.
Maybe you are currently spiritually dehydrated. You marched out into the heat of battle without drinking from the well of Living Water and now you're paying the price. And maybe you're finding that it's now hard to stomach the very water that you need. Today would be a great day to humble yourself before the Lord, to repent of the sin of self-reliance, to remember again the finished work of Christ on the cross for you, to rejoice in His resurrection, through which you get to have a brand new start today, and to drink deeply of His Word in fellowship with Him.
Tomorrow and every day after promise to be a hot ones in the spiritual battle before us, so drink from the Well.
Blessed are the thirsty.