“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 (NIV)

David is on the run, and Saul is on his tail. The young shepherd boy is parched, exhausted and hiding out in the desert of Judah. Although he could probably go for an ice-cold water, that’s not the thirst he’s seeking to quench in the verse above.

David relied on God’s saving grace to satisfy his physical thirst. Rather than worry about finding shelter and safety, he focused on the Lord. While alone, friendless and hunted, David wrote this hymn of praise to God. He yearned for the Lord with a passion beyond compare.

We all face difficult circumstances. Although not typically hiding out in sandy terrains or dodging mad kings, none of us are strangers to feeling afraid. When we face more than we believe we can handle, God wants us to lean wholly into Him to meet our needs. Life will lead us through the wilderness, yet God will always provide what we need in times of drought.

When we are in trouble, He is our help. When we stray, He is the Good Shepherd who never leaves sheep behind. When we need compassion, His grace is enough. When we need a fresh start, He gives us a sunrise to behold and begin again. He is the Living Water that will always satisfy.

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