Before launching into your time of Scripture exploration, pause and pray. Express your desire to seek out God's truth in his Word, and to seek guidance from the Holy Spirit during your study.
Life can make us thirsty.
Every so often in life we have moments of deep-down soul-thirst. Life has beaten us up, torn us down, spun us around . . . and we realize we're desperate for God. We need his help, we yearn for his presence, we long for his answers.
In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases Psalm 42:1 this way: "I want to drink God, deep draughts of God. I'm thirsty for God-alive." He renders Psalm 143:6 like this: "[I] stretched out my hands to you, as thirsty for you as a desert thirsty for rain." This is desperate, powerful, essential thirst!
- What is one line or phrase from these passages that resonates with you? Why?
- When has God used a difficult or painful period in your life to help you grow in your spiritual life? How did that shape or change your relationship with God?
You may be painfully aware that you're dehydrated. You need to recognize your thirst, abandon substitute means of filling it, and turn to the true refreshment of God himself.
To invite God to replace what is empty, useless, and self-made with his own presence. To drink of the Living Water.
- What spiritual habits or Christian disciplines do you feel could help you stay in touch with your soul-thirst for God? Explain.