A Season of Psalms - Psalm 143:5-6
“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
What do you do when you’re thirsty? You find the nearest source of liquid refreshment and satisfy your thirst. Sprite capitalized on this during their commercials that encouraged viewers to “obey your thirst.” Spiritually speaking, what do we do when we’re thirsty? We go to the Fountain and dip our hearts into the Spring of Life. Only then is our thirst truly quenched.
In Psalm 143, David finds himself in a predicament in which his enemies are so hotly pursuing him that the chase leaves him crushed, dwelling in darkness, faint, and appalled. He thirsts for the deliverance of the Merciful One, and as he calls for help, his mind is drawn back to the days of old, when the Father delivered him from every danger, toil, and snare. Looking into the past engenders hope for the future. David would surely have recalled the numerous times God had saved His helpless people, perhaps none more dramatic than the deliverance at the Red Sea in which Israel was trapped between angry waves and an angry Pharaoh. God made a way, where there seemed to be no way, and David calls on the God of the exodus to do so again. The hands of God have done many wonders, so David lifts his hands in prayer and makes his appeal before God.
You’ve heard it said, “Don’t live in the past.” But David did. He remembered all the good things that God has done, how He has faithfully delivered time and again, and David’s heart is restored. If we will remember what God has done in us and for us, He will pick us up and restore our souls. When we thirst for immediate deliverance from our troubles, let us not forget about the satisfying faithfulness of our God. He is mighty to save!
Further Reading: Exodus 17:1-7; John 4:7-15
Pray with me:
Precious Lord, You are my King of kings, Lord of lords, and my Bright Morning Star. Because You have rescued and restored me, I will sing Your praises throughout eternity. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.