TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I had a hair headache all day yesterday. Women know what I’m talking about… it’s a result of either wearing your hair up too long or going too long without washing. For me, it was the latter because I had my hair colored on Thursday. My hair is red again and having previously been a redhead, I know that the longer I can go before that first wash, the better. Plus, it’s like a scene from “Psycho” which is always a bit disconcerting. But I sit here typing with freshly washed, wet hair, feeling much better already.
It’s a reminder that going too long without self-care can leave us feeling off. And the same is true for our spiritual care. Today, let’s go to Psalm 63:1. It is a Psalm of David and it says, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
In the last few months, We’ve had a lot of opportunities for distraction and that can create some spiritual dehydration. Perhaps you’ve been caught up in COVID numbers or the seemingly endless trail of bad news that is synonymous with 2020… while it looks like we’re currently safe from the murder hornets (at least I haven’t heard about them in weeks), we are in our own kind of wilderness… our own dry and weary land where there is no water.
When we’re thirsty for our souls to be quenched, there’s no better refreshment than going straight to the source of Living Water. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (John 7:37-38).
If you’re struggling with the news… feeling anxious… sad… depressed… even angry… go to Jesus. Quench yourself in His Holy Word and be filled. Doing so not only offers spiritual care, but self-care! Then, we will be able to embrace the next words in David‘s Psalm… “So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:2-4).
Turning our eyes to Jesus and keeping them focused on Him is our best way to deal with this seemingly endless list of bad news and violence. His love and grace remind us that even on the worst days, His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for His living waters. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you focus on Jesus, and don’t allow distractions or fears keep you from seeking Him. Ask Him to help you remember that spiritual care is a part (the most important part!) of self-care.
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