It was the essence of worship for King David. He was on the run from Absolom, his rebellious son and in the desert of Judah. There, in the heart and parched Land, the King’s mind drifted to the Lord. He was so intent on being in God’s presence, that it superseded any thirst from the desert, it overtook any fear from the chase and it filled David like a feast at the banquet.
David was focused upon God, and that focus sustained the king. David’s Joy and his love for God drove the king to worship the Lord in the difficult times. That focus would carry David through the rebellion and back to the throne. Make no mistake; David was devastated that His son rebelled and sought his death. But, even in that horrendous period, He knew where to turn.
Like David, we are charged to seek God in the dry, difficult times. Whatever our physical needs, our spiritual condition always takes center stage. Jesus reminded us in His sermon on the mount, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33. Like David, Jesus knew that seeking God would calm our hearts and then God could work to sustain us physically and spiritually. God Himself becomes our oasis in the desert.
God Bless You
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.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.