O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where this is no water.
Tonight, a few of us are going to Fairfield High School to see Hailee Wright in her drum and bugle corp show. We will be sitting in the stands watching these young people perform for us. We will be sitting there, scouring the field, looking for her. Our eyes will be earnestly seeking her face, wanting to see her. All her family and friends will be there, along with others, hoping for a glimpse. I'm sure her parents are excited about seeing her. They want to see her, talk with her, hug her. This daughter that they have raised and loved for eighteen years is passing through. They want to make sure she is okay. They long to talk to her, to seek that reassurance that she is making it in the world.
That is what this verse is, only not about God wanting to be with us, about us wanting to be with God. We should want to be where he is, talk with him. Our souls need to be burning, as a throat who needs liquid to quench it. We need God's approval, his will, his desire in our lives. We need to love him willingly, hungrily.
What can quench this thirst, this fire? Hopefully, nothing. I pray that we not quench it, but keep the fire burning in my soul for the knowledge, for the comfort, for the love that he provides. We need the security and hopes that God provides for us. But we need to keep longing for, and seeking God in all we do.