Psalm 63:1 “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You, In a dry and thirsty land, Where there is no water.”
Is your soul thirsty? Whether you know it or not, the answer to this question may be yes at various times in your life. When you feel a lack of contentment within you probably are experiencing soul thirst.
Donald Whitney describes three different ways our souls may thirst in his book Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health.
The first is the Thirst of the Unbeliever. An unbeliever’s soul is empty because he has no desire for God. The emptiness within leads him to seek satifaction in many things in this world. He doesn’t realize his real need is God, instead he goes from one thing to another.
The second is the Thirst of the Dry Soul. This is the thirst of a believer who has experienced the “rivers of living water.” This thirst of the dry soul can happen in one of three different ways according to Whitney. One way is when the believer goes after the ways of the world more than seeking the ways of the Lord. Another way is when the Lord seems to desert the believer. Whitney explains this as the Lord sometimes withdrawing “a conscious sense of His nearness.” And thirdly, dryness of the soul can occur when the Christian is experiencing mental or physical fatigue. I think it is easy to find my soul in each of these situations at different times in my life. I am thankful that in each I have found my way back to the Living Water.
If your soul is thirsty, it may mean a new awareness of your need for God, so “seek Him while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near” as the Scriptures tell us in Isaiah 55:6.
St. Augustine understood the thirst of the soul. He said this about the Lord, “Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.” Yes, restless, needy, and thirsty for You, Lord.
The third type of soul, Whitney speaks of, is the Thirst of a Satisfied Soul. This soul’s thirst is fully satisfied by the Lord, and this believer only thirsts wanting more and more of Him. This soul knows that his satisfaction can be found nowhere else.
As believer’s we realize our constant need for the Lord, for His grace, for His love, for His comfort, for His peace, and on and on it goes. We can never be too full, there is always more of Him to know and more to need. He is are all in all.
Our souls need God. F.F. Bruce explains it this way, “The soul’s deepest thirst is for God Himself, who has made us so that we can never be satisfied without Him.”
Is your soul thirsty? Know your needs can be met in our Lord. Pour out your heart to Him and allow Him to meet the needs of your thirsty soul.