Psalms 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for Thee, O God.” NASB
I believe that I am hearing and sensing a cry and a longing across the land today wanting more and more of God. Sadly, sometimes it is a longing that is not coupled with the commitment and determination to have more of God. There are no actions coupled with the longing and it becomes nothing more than a wish not a pursuit. Sometimes it is from a lack of instruction or understanding. The pew is not taught by the pulpit the provisions of the promises of God and the pathway into His presence.
I am convinced that having more of God, being closer to God, and being filled with His Spirit is not something that only the select of the elect can attain. It is for ‘whosoever will come.’ God wants all His children to come to the river and drink of the living water. I believe it is possible to have as much of God as one desires and there are no limitations on His presence.
Isaiah 55:1 is an incredible declaration, “Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” Matthew 5:6, declares, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” God has a river flowing and it flows all the time! It is a river that will never run dry. It is a river with a plenteous supply. It is a river that completely satisfied the living soul. In the natural, a river at flood stage purifies that river by washing away all the silt and debris.
The truth concerning spiritual things is that our appetites determine our spiritual condition. We eat and drink what we want to eat and drink because we want it. If we want something bad enough, we will struggle to obtain it, sacrifice to get it and go to incredible lengths to acquire it. It is the same in God. If we want more of God and if we are hungry and thirsty enough, we will get more of God! God is willing to fill us to overflowing but we must come to the water and drink.
I must qualify this by saying that there are some conditions to receiving this fullness of the Spirit and His power in our lives. Jesus said in John 7:37-40, “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
Condition Number One is “Thirst.” Without being thirsty we will not press in to drink. Being thirsty as revealed in the Psalm and in John 7 is to have the ardent, eager, famishing, keen, and all-consuming craving and passion for complete union with God and the fullness of His Spirit. That is far more than just a longing or a wish. It is a condition where it is life or death to us. Without more of God, we feel we will perish, and nothing can stand in the way of our pursuit of His presence, person, and power.
I want to quote five passages to illustrate this truth.
Psalms 42:2 – “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?”
Psalms 63:1 – “O God, Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly; My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
Psalms 143:6 – “I stretch out my hands to Thee; My soul longs for Thee, as a parched land.”
Isaiah 41:17 – “The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the LORD, will answer them Myself, as the God of Israel I will not forsake them.”
Isaiah 44:3-4 – “For I will pour out water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring, and My blessing on your descendants; 4 and they will spring up among the grass like poplars by streams of water.”
If we seek, we will find! If we are thirsty, truly thirsty, He will give us drink! Elisha had that thirst as is revealed in 2 Kings 2. He followed Elijah from Gilgal to Bethel to the Jordan. He refused to be denied and received a double portion. Joel declared that this outpouring would be “upon all flesh…” That includes you and me if we will allow it to become a reality in our lives. Are you thirsty? Are you really thirsty? Then let’s press in and drink and out of that filling with the Water of His Spirit impact the world for God!
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!