Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
David at the time of writing this psalm was physically in the desert. But his words describe a spiritual position that believers find themselves in at times. We can be surrounded by religious culture and activities and yet be so dry.
Jesus said in Matthew 23:27 of the Pharisees who stood on the street corners praying or made a show of giving their offerings or lengthened their prayer shawls: "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean”. The outward appearance covers the inward drought. That’s why I love young teens when they worship. If they are bored they get up and go get a drink or talk to a friend in the midst of the message. Adults politely grin and bear it. Who’s more spiritual?
The Lord took Ezekiel to the valley of dry bones. Ezekiel 37:1-2 “The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry.” The Lord asked him if these dry bones could live. Then He said to him prophesy: “This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life”. The bones were the nation of Israel. Spiritually they were dead but He wanted to breathe life into them once again.
Verse 1 of psalm 63 says there is no water. In Amos 8:11 the Lord declared: "The days are coming, when I will send a famine through the land-- not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD”. The word of the Lord is water to our soul and satisfies our bodies. David then declared praises to the Lord all rooted in His word.
If we are in a dry time spiritually, the water that will satisfy your soul is the Word – Jesus. Jesus said to the woman at the well if she knew who He was she would ask Him for living water, which would satisfy her thirst. Jesus is the word as John told us in chapter 1 of his gospel. We will only find true, living, satisfying water in Jesus. If you are in a dry place, turn to Christ, ask Him for living water and then praise Him as the source of all you need.
Prayer: “Father, I am dry – dry in the midst of all this spiritual activity. Come, pour out your Spirit afresh on me and fill me to overflowing with your living water in Jesus’ name. Amen.”