“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.”
Here, King David first expresses how much he adores and loves God – “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee”. Then he reveals his passion for God. The word “early” conveys more than the sense of “early in the morning” – it also depicts promptness and eagerness to seek God. There is no time that he would be far from God.
Then, David articulates his passion for God – “my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee”. The passion for God is a very intense spiritual emotion that involves the whole being of a man, involving both his “soul” and “flesh”! The words “thirsteth” and “longeth” denote the intense desire for God that His servant would experience within him.
To put it graphically, David further describes his desire for God as the longing of one who is “in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is”. Like a thirsty and weary person who is in a dry, desert place, he desperately thirsts for God’s presence. Times of weariness in a believer’s life will make God’s presence even more pleasant and desirable to him. Absence of material and human help in a believer’s life would drive and teach him to trust in God more and more. May we always look to our God for help and joy. May we never stop seeking our Lord, but increase still in our passion for Him.