The Thirst Quencher
By Pastor J.D. Link
Psalm 42:1-2 says, “As the deer pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Do we long for God as the deer longs for water? Do we thirst for the living God? Do we look forward to the day we will appear before our God? What is our hearts desire?
Psa 63:1 “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longs for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” (see also Ps 143:6). Absolutely nothing in this dry and thirsty land (this earth) can quench the thirsty soul. Only Jesus can. He is the thirst quencher. Do we early seek God? Is He on our heart and lips when we rise in the morning? Praise Him as you awaken each day. Go to sleep with His praise on your lips.
Does your soul long for the presence of God (Ps 84:2)? Do you acknowledge that one day in God’s presence is better than a thousand elsewhere (Ps 84:10)? Can we say with King David, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.” (Ps 27:4)?
If you can answer yes to these questions, then I have good news. The Lord has promised to quench your thirst. You never have to thirst again. You can drink deeply of God through Jesus Christ. Ps 36:8-9 “They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.” Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Mt 5:6).
Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give me to drink; you would have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” Jesus gives living water. If we believe on Him, we will never thirst (Jn 6:35). If we thirst, we can come to Him and freely drink; and then rivers of living water will flow out from us towards others (Jn 7:37-39). We have been made to drink into one spirit, so let us drink deeply (1Cor 12:12-13)!
Eph 5:18 says, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” We sometimes don’t see two commands here: 1. Don’t be drunk with alcohol 2. Be filled with the Spirit. When it comes to alcohol, being filled to excess is forbidden; However, when it comes to the Holy Spirit, being filled to excess is encouraged! A person doesn’t get drunk on one drink. They have to be filled with drink. So a Christian doesn’t stay filled with the Spirit because of some drink they took of Him 10 years ago. It must be continual. In Greek, it literally reads “Be being filled”. A person filled with drink usually acts like the Devil; while a person filled with the Holy Spirit acts like Jesus. What are you filling up on?
How does one stay filled with the Spirit? 1. Simply ask. A good morning prayer is, “Lord, fill me with your Spirit today to overflowing, that I may do your will and live for you boldly this day, being salt and light in this world.” 2. Read and meditate on God’s Word. The Word is spirit and life. Be filled with the Spirit by reading the Word and obeying it. It will become a part of you. It will change your life.
While being filled with the Spirit can at times have supernatural manifestations (overwhelming sensations of love, joy and peace; “swooning”; speaking in tongues, etc.), it is most evident in a changed life. Singing songs in your heart to God; being thankful; being submissive; accepting your God-given roles in marriage; parent-child relationship; employee-employer relationship; putting on the whole armor of God (Eph 5:19- chapter 6); bearing the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23); speaking the Word with boldness (Act 4:29-31). These are just a few of the fruits, but you see what it looks like.
A Spirit-filled Christian is one who has an active, real and vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ, and has a love for His Word and a desire to be conformed to it. All true Christians have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, but not all are possessed by the Holy Spirit. To have the Spirit, and to be filled with the Spirit, are two different things. You might have the Spirit, but does the Spirit have you? Is the Holy Spirit simply resident – or is He president? Are you filled with “self”, or are you filled with the Holy Spirit? Your life will tell. Get out of the gutter, Christian. Be filled with the Spirit! Selah