v 1. O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
The Psalmist is not thinking of an arid desert or a wilderness place, but a dryness in the soul that can only be satisfied by knowing God better. We have to be totally honest with ourselves here – do we really have a good appetite for God? How can I rise above the physical appetites for food and drink, sex and healthy exercise, into the arena of spiritual stimulation and growth as a child of God? It is clear that the psalm writer was at such a point in his experience, and I’m not sure that I reach that point all that often. Did the period of ‘lockdown’ in Spring and Summer take you any closer to God by removing some of the earthly stimuli to which you had grown accustomed? Total isolation can lead to deep depression OR it can lead to a new awareness of God. The words of the psalm come across very strong, I earnestly search.. My soul thirsts …. my whole body longs, for you … I am in a parched and weary land.
It reflects a desperation for God that I very rarely experience if I’m honest.
Time to pause, and perhaps reflect on what are our deepest desires.