Psalms 42:1-2: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”
Are you thirsty? Psalm 42 provides an analogy of our spiritual thirst that only God can satisfy. If we try to quench this thirst with the cares of life, we will still thirst for more, be left unsatisfied, and become exasperated from our futile search.
Only Jesus can satisfy this seemingly unquenchable thirst within our lives. He said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37).
Are you thirsty? The drink that Jesus offers us is His Holy Spirit.
What is it that we thirst for? When the New Testament church began on Pentecost (Acts 2), God’s Spirit came with tremendous power on the believers gathered there. How amazingly He demonstrated His almighty power on that day!
He still manifests Himself to His Church by filling believers with His Spirit, granting them spiritual gifts — e.g., gifts of healing, gift of tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, miracles, discerning of spirits, wisdom, knowledge, and faith (see I Corinthians 12).
The visitation of the Holy Spirit is always very exciting and thrilling. Often people come to our worship services at Christ Ministries to experience the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Christians should long to see God move in power, to see people brought to Jesus by the outpouring of His Presence.
What should we primarily thirst for? What is it that we need above all else? Psalm 42 provides the answer: “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God…” (v. 1).
The answer is simply God himself, to fellowship with Him by worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. This is our greatest and most basic need as humans, more than our necessary food and water to survive; we need to experience the manifest Presence of Jesus.
It’s not about religion. It is about relationship, fellowship, and friendship and spiritual communion with God.
In order to come to God, we need to be thirsty. “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth in me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” (John 7:37-39).
It is the Holy Spirit, the manifest Presence of Jesus Christ, which gratifies our thirst. Jesus informs us that, if we thirst spiritually and come to Him and Him alone, He will give us His Holy Spirit to satisfy this longing within our souls. His promise is unambiguous and certain for anyone who will come to him.
The church needs to return to Pentecost, to the outpouring of God’s Spirit in the lives of believers. Let us re-evaluate our priorities and seek God himself above all other interests and we shall, without a doubt, experience the Presence of Jesus in our own lives and generate a stream of living water to all other thirsty souls near to us.