You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
The desert is a pretty dry place! Without water it’s even drier! And yet, David found himself in the midst of this scorching environment with plenty of room to throw out criticism and dissatisfaction with his circumstances. It would be safe to say that he was not in the best of moments nor living in the midst of the best time of his life.
I can’t tell you the number of times I have thought about things I really didn’t want to think about. In fact, entertaining these thoughts have consistently contributed to a separation from my Lord. The further the separation, the drier the land in which I walk. Often sparked by a thought, these moments slip into existence without much notice but regrettably find themselves the “author” of much no good. As much as I feel I am all alone in these moments, I know I am not the only one that experiences this. That’s why I am so very glad that David wrote this psalm.
Thousands of years following David, Paul writes to the people of Philippi and encourages them to think on those things found to be excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). The Author of our mind is apparent as we learn more and more about Christ in us! An undesirable thought may be introduced to our mind, but to whom does it belong? Is it received? Is it rejected? Paul further explains the method by which to dissolve arguments — by taking every thought captive in order to make it obedient to Christ (II Corinthians 10:5).
Personally, I can’t imagine what it would be like to find myself in a literal desert, parched, hot, fatigued, hungry and more than anything . . . thirsty — with nothing to satisfy my body and it’s needs. On the other hand, I have found myself in very similar conditions when it comes to the condition of my heart and soul.
Paul says to capture those thoughts and do something with them! Don’t let them roam wild, but instead, make them obey Christ! That’s serious business! Unaccustomed to such discipline, it can seem a bit laborious. But standing firm in Christ’s obedience satisfies the heart and soul of ALL of it’s needs. Paul learned this application and lived it . . . AFTER listening to those thoughts himself that drove destruction. Once he got it, he lived it and then taught others how to live in it themselves. David called out to God, praised Him in the midst of trial, while utterly uncomfortable and seemingly hopeless. But how he chose to think changed everything! It was a choice!
Lord Jesus, like David, my whole being longs for you! When I get caught up in what I think about my circumstances, remind me of who I am in you! When I think about the lies presented to me in thought, remind me of the Truth and to whom I belong! When I think I’m all that and deserve all this, remind me that you plus nothing equals everything!
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33