I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsts after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah. Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
David was a mighty warrior who fearlessly faced lions, powerful armies, and the giant Goliath. Yet at other times, this same man experienced problems so serious that he became “paralyzed with fear” (v. 4) and suffered from deep depression. He was so discouraged and overwhelmed that he was “losing all hope.”
He likened his situation to being alone in a desert. His strength was failing, and his resources were running out. At that point of desperation, he reached out to God, whom he realized was his only hope. David focused all his energy on Him. As he cried out to Him, David knew that only God could quench his thirst.
All of us, at some time in our lives, have felt hopeless and depressed, alone, and vulnerable. These are times for serious prayer, to seek God with a sense of urgency. At times like these, we cannot be concerned about the opinions of others. Following the example set by David, we need to seek the Lord with fervor and intensity, realizing that He is our only hope.
Today, you may face crises or trials. You may feel hopeless or discouraged, worried or afraid. You may feel you are in a desert with nowhere to turn. Regardless of the situation, turn your focus toward God. Cry out for His help. Hunger and thirst for His presence. Be honest with Him. Remember His promise that if you thirst for Him, He will satisfy you.