O God, thou art my God, I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee; my flesh faints for thee, as in a dry and weary land where no water is. (Psalm 63, vs. 1)
When I was a teen in high school I played football. Football practice starts in the hottest time of year, August, and is quite physical. So, a person sweats a lot, especially a bigger guy like me. But, in the old days when I played we were not allowed to drink water during practice or games because conventional wisdom told us it would make us sick to our stomachs!! Practice and playing games were tortuous to me because of thirst for water. Today, athletes are supposed to drink all the water they want because it is necessary to stay hydrated. Not drinking water is what makes a person ill.
When I read the first verse of the 63rd Psalm I always think about the intense thirst I experienced on the football field and how miserable I was. And, then I think about how miserable I would be without God, my God. It is not my body that thirsts for water, but my soul that thirsts for the living water.
Praise be to God.
Prayer: O God, my God, quench the thirst in me and fill me with Your Spirit. Amen