Psalms 63:1 “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”
I see in David’s Psalm a passageway to finding the presence of God, and how it has an unavoidable impact on every level of one’s spirituality. David’s soul “…thirsted for God.” Isn’t digging wells of worship and service a better alternative to our human strivings? David knew that genuine intimacy with God ultimately bursts open the dam of lack, ushering in times of refreshing. There is a desire in the human heart best described as ‘cravings for inner satisfaction and wholeness.’ How wonderful the creativity of God, having made us unable to find rest or be satisfied with just earthly possessions and status. It is the price paid for our pilgrimage in this life. For us to find fulfillment, we must become smaller in soul as John the Baptist posited. Whoever is satisfied with what he has become or obtained, has, within his self, reached his culminating point in this life; he will progress no further. The genius of God, for us as his children, is that he has purposed that we become his “incarnation” — his hand reaching, his feet going, and his love showing. Wading through the pain-ridden jungles, the parched land of society, among those in need of Christ’s unfailing love, in selflessness and self-surrender, finds us on – “the pathway of the saint.”
David the shepherd boy and David the King came to fully recognize this biblical principle as well; the need to become hard wired to God, utterly God-dependent – to know that our soul has been spiritually primed to know him and to be fed by our loving Creator Parent (Tim. 4:15; Jas. 1:16-18). As we grow older, if our heart grows wanton, lonely or despondent, the Holy Spirit primes the pump of the soul with a refreshing drop of heaven’s elixir, stirring within us a desire to seek more of God–to know and be assured He is always there for us. As we develop and grow in maturity (Col. 1:10), God helps us to see the world as an expression of His divine love in which we are called to participate by helping others with our gifts of prayer, and even our finances. This supernatural feeding of our soul from helping others elevates God to Supreme Parent, and gives meaning to our lives in a greater context of genuine spirituality. Being spiritually primed and feeding upon God-things enables us to focus on the positive, to see our existence as an expression of the divine attributes of love, power, strength, beauty and meaning. It uplifts and nourishes us in life’s journey (Psa. 92:12-14). As his sons and daughters looking at the world as the handiwork of our Beloved, we become wrapped in the loving embrace of his divine care. It elevates our thoughts and brings the importance of God to a new level (Col. 2:6-7). This is where we live to be a blessing to others, where we really become aware of a world in need (Col. 3:16). Having been born-again, we seek the spiritual inebriation that results from the Holy Spirit daily feeding and caring for our souls. Our senses are enriched by the knowledge of belonging to and being loved by – an Almighty, All-Knowing, and All-Wise God. All this and more, is the Pathway of the Saint.
Meet the Author
Alan Bullock has a BA in Biblical Studies, a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling, and an earned Doctor of Theology. In addition, Alan is a Certified Pastor Counselor, a member of The International Association of Christian Counseling Professionals (IACCP), and also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).