Background: The book of Psalms was written by at least 7 authors. It expresses a range of human emotions from praise to God in good times, fear of enemies in bad times, guilt, anger and an overriding confidence in God’s goodness, majesty and power. Do you know what it is like to be truly thirsty, when all you can think about is a sip of water? David was out in the wilderness of Judah when he wrote Psalm 63 where it was hot and very dry.
Ask the children…
How did David describe his desire for God?
“My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1)
How much did David think about God?
“I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.” (Psalm 63:6)
How sastisfying was David’s experience of God?
“You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.” (Psalm 63:5)
David wanted to know God more than life itself. And the more that David tasted of God’s goodness, the more he desired it. It even kept him awake at night just thinking about God and caused David to praise God constantly.
Ask your children what they like to spend their time thinking about the most? If it is not God then David would say they are missing out on the most satisfying thing there is. Perform a family test. Take verse of scripture from this Psalm or some other verse you love that describes who God is or what He does and start meditating on it as a family. Talk about it at breakfast, lunch and dinner, while you are in the car and at bedtime. See after a week if your thirst for God has risen and your life satisfaction has gone up to.
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