Our Bible reading for this first day of September (calendars are available in the foyer and at CharlestownRoad.org) is Psalm 63, a Psalm of David, “When He Was in the Wilderness of Judah.” That bit of context is significant. The Judean wilderness is harsh territory—scarce food, even scarcer water. But notice what David wrote in Psalm 63:5:
My soul will be satisfied as with rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips…
How could anyone say such a thing in the desert? It all depends upon the source of the satisfaction:
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water … your steadfast love is better than life…
Many woke up this morning to a desolate wasteland of the soul. They feel isolated and hopeless. They’re wondering what the point of it all is. They’ve trudged from one happiness-mirage to another and repeatedly ended up with handfuls of sand. They’re bitter, calloused, and pessimistic.
If that’s you today, we want you to know that our God can make water flow in the dry stream beds of the most parched soul. He’s done it over and over again. Real transformation and abundant satisfaction is freely available. Here’s the question: Are you thirsty? Not just casually thirsty, looking for refreshment on your own terms, but soul thirsty; thirsty to the point of being desperate—ready and eager to “cling” to God (Psa 63:8)?
Whomever you are, we’re glad you’re here. We’ve gathered to worship the gracious giver of living water. Come thirsty and you won’t be disappointed. The water he gives becomes a spring of the soul, welling up to eternal life.