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A Parched Land

Anchor Devotional - 01.10.15


"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water."
(PSALM 63:1)

Psalm 63

Two people stopped at Arizona’s Canyon De Chelly, a stunning place of natural beauty and ruins left by early indigenous tribes. It was late in the day, and the two decided they could make the hike to the bottom of the canyon before dark. Though a sign said to take water, the young women decided the hike was short enough to forgo it. Their journals later told of losing their sense of direction, of finding only muddy, swift-flowing water, and of never reaching their destination. They wished they had taken water!

David found himself parched and desperate in the Desert of Judah. His son, Absalom, had attempted to overthrow his throne. He compared his thirst for water to his thirst for God. In his grief, David called out to his Savior. “I earnestly seek you… where there is no water.”

Overwhelming thirst is unquenchable by anything other than what we thirst for. In our affliction, God offers refuge and safety. In the New Testament, Jesus shouts to the people at a festival, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” Run to Jesus with your deepest thirst.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 63

Insight

THAT THIRST FOR GOD CAN ONLY BE QUENCHED BY THE LIVING WATER JESUS PROVIDES.

Read the Bible

  • Genesis 20-21
  • Psalm 10
  • Matthew 16-17