TUESDAY 1 November, 2016
Quench My Longing Thirst
Then three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to David at the cave of Adullam. And the troop of Philistines encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. David was then in the stronghold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. And David said with longing, “Oh, that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” - >2 Samuel 23:13-15
Notice what a thorn in the flesh the Philistines were to Israel, they had encamped in Bethlehem where they enjoyed the cities comforts; whereas David, in hardship, lived in a dark dismal cave for his stronghold. In the cave, water was a scarcity––how David longed for water and he knew just where to find it––the well of Bethlehem, by the gate. But would someone dare risk their neck over a cup of refreshing water for their king?
It is a well-known fact that the body cannot survive without water, but what about our spiritual life? The Word of God is as water to our souls, without it our spiritual life cannot be sustained. David described his spiritual thirst for God in Psalm 42:1-2: As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God…
When a person is first saved they have an insatiable thirst for God’s Word. First Peter 2:2 relates the desire for the Word of God to the thirst of a baby who naturally craves for their mother’s milk: as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby…
Jesus taught the woman at the well, a spiritual concept in John 4:13-14: Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” Do you realize that only God can quench your thirst in this life?
…let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires,
let him take the water of life freely.
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