Cathy Hurtado

"O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.  My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.  I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.  Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You!  I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.  You satisfy me more than the richest feast.  I will praise you with songs of joy."  Psalm 63:1-5

Can you relate to David's cry?  Is your soul parched today?  Are you doing the right things, going to church, serving in ministry and reading your Bible, yet inwardly you thirst for refreshment?  David started this Psalm by expressing to God how he felt.  Take just a minute to tell God how much you long for Him to satisfy your soul.

Remember the times when your soul was overflowing from being in God's presence?  So did David.  He had gazed upon God's glory and power and tasted His unfailing love.  Take a moment to tell God what it was like when you felt close to Him.

David praised God and described His unfailing love as better than life itself.  Take a moment and thank God for loving you when you were unlovable, when you did the unthinkable, when you served idols instead of Him or were simply too busy with your agenda to give Him the time of day.

Sometimes, dry spells are the result of our hearts drifting away from God, even when we are going through the motions of walking with Him.  Time with God becomes a check box on our to-do list.  Church is an event on our calendar.  Ministry is an obligation we fulfill.  Other times, dry spells are the result of sin.  Left unconfessed, sin hinders close fellowship with our Savior (Acts 3:19).  Sometimes, our dry spells are unexplainable.

I know for me the biggest cause of a desert season with God is not taking the time I need to connect with Him before I tackle the rest of the stuff on my plate.  When I set aside unrushed time to sit quietly with God to remember His greatness, to ask Him to examine my heart and listen to the truth He reveals, then my heart is finally tender to receive His Word and let Him fill my life.

Father, I long to be satisfied with You the way that David describes.  Help me to walk closely with You today in Your unfailing love, declaring Your praises.

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