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Introduction: Devotion 1

“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

What would it be like to be in a desert, dying of thirst? The sun beating down, your tongue thick and swollen, your skin red and painful . . . crawling on your knees in the scorching sand, literally dying for a drink. It makes us cringe just imagining it. Then, imagine the same scenario, but you crest a dune only to see an oasis in the distance. It’s not a mirage. It’s real. WATER!!!

We can see the image in our mind, can’t we? You can see yourself stumbling down the sand dune, clothes ragged and torn, as you make your way to the oasis. You fall into the water, both splashing in it and drinking it in. The relief is almost overwhelming.

Now read Psalm 63. Here, David says that his attitude toward being with God is the same as that of a desert-stranded man longing for water. God’s is as precious to David as water is to a dying man. David loves being in God’s presence THAT much! 

We come into God’s presence primarily through meeting Him in the pages of the Bible. That’s why He gave it to us in the first place. So the question for you is, “Do I long for God’s Word like David longed for God?” Can you honestly say that you want the Bible the same way that a thirsty man wants water? 

Think about this:

·     What keeps you from loving the Bible more than you do?

·     What changes can you make in your attitude to fall more in love with God and with His Word?

·     Is there someone in your life who you can reach out to for help or accountability? How can you partner with them to help you grow closer to God?

Emily Traylor