“I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.” Psalm 143:6
I was recently read an article about a long period of severe drought in the western portion of the United States. Accompanying the story were two pictures. One of several people sitting in pews gathered in a small church praying for relief from the long drought and the second of a hand written sign attached to a section of barbed wire fence which read simply, “Pray for rain.” The story continued saying on Sunday February 2nd 2014, “The Utah Farm Bureau Federation asked the public to join in prayer and fasting for snow and rain for livestock and crops as part of its Harvesting Faith event. The plea to the above came weeks after the federal government declared parts of 11 parched Western and Central states natural disaster areas.”
For three consecutive summers the region of the country I live in was also very hot and dry with one time span of temperatures rising above one hundred degrees. It was beyond unpleasant, it was very concerning. It had multiple effects, one of which caused several large trees to die some just a few years old and some more than 50 years old. Drought brings the realization and sometimes desperation of our dependence upon the rain to sustain life.
The Psalmist David raised his hands not in a simple expression of thanks, but instead from his heart of desperation for relief from the weight on his life. He was in need and hungered for God’s presence for help, comparing his situation and need for God to that of parched land in need of rain.
Whether my situation is one of ease or heaviness, I know my spirit is fed only by the refreshing of Your presence and help. Without You I am a hopeless, parched, and weary soul. May I thirst for You always, and may You fill me with Your presence. Amen.