Devotion Four: “Seek and Be Quenched”
** This is an excerpt from Adult Coloring Bible Study: Nature Walk
Psalm 63:1 (NKJV)
A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
63:1 O God, you are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You. In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
All of the words found in scripture are important, but at Bible Stories from the Heart we find that if we choose a few KEY words to focus upon as we read, we are able to feel the amazing power and love of God even deeper. Try reading this week’s verses a second time totally focused on these key words:
Early- (adverb) near the beginning of a particular time or period. Original Word: : שׁחר be up early at any task (with the implication of earnestness); by extension to search for (with painstaking.)
Thirsts- (verb) having a strong desire for something. Original Word: צמא to thirst (literally or figuratively)
Longs- (verb) to have an earnest or strong desire or craving; yearn. Original Word: : כּמהּ to pine after
Thirsty- (adj.) eagerly desirous; eager. Original Word: : עיף faint, exhausted, weary.
This psalm as well as many of the other psalms found in God's Word was written by David. He as a young shepherd boy who was chosen by God himself to be the king of Israel. David was an ordinary person who relied on God for his daily strength. Because of this, God used David to accomplish extraordinary things.
As the appointed king and even later as the ruling king, David had enemies. He would often escape from his enemies by hiding out in the wilderness of Judah. This particular psalm was written during one of these times.
Notice in this psalm that although David was away from the luxuries of his kingdom, it was God that he was longing for- not his luxuries. David truly was a man after God's own heart.
Connection to us
As David clearly understood: Our spirits THIRST for God just as our physical bodies THIRST for water!
Water is a HUGE part of our daily lives. We thirst for water because our physical bodies need it in order to stay alive. But there is a much deeper need for water than physical thirst. There is an emotional need for water as well. Have you ever noticed that as humans, we have a natural tendency to draw closer to bodies of water? The nearness to water seems to both sooth and replenished us. Because of this many family vacations are planned around large bodies of water.
Even during a simple nature walk, there is something so relaxing about sitting beside a forest stream. The sound of the flowing water seems to magically calm us. This reaction is something that most of us are born with. Even the tiniest of newborns can usually be soothed to sleep by certain flowing sounds. Have you ever wondered why it is that sounds resembling water tend to sooth us? Some scientific studies have said that this is because the flowing sound of water reminds of the sound of our mother's blood flow. These scientists say that because we heard this flowing sound from inside our mother's womb that as children and adults this sound still has the ability to calm us. This is because the soft rhythmic sound of water continues to represent safety and protection for us emotionally.
Why do you think God created us to be drawn to and soothed by water? I think it was to help us to understand a "spiritual" truth by experiencing a "physical" reaction. I think that maybe we are born with a physical pull towards water to remind us that our spirits are born with this same pull!
I think this draw to water may be God's way of showing us that just as our physical bodies can be quenched and soothed by the fill and sound of earthy water that in the same way, our spiritual bodies can be filled and soothed by the words of the true living water, Jesus Christ.
John 4:13-15 (NKJV)
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life
3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring;
Isaiah 58:11 (NKJV)
"And the LORD will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”
Nature Walk Activity
It's now time to take a nature walk. If you are unable to take a nature walk today, here is an excellent video to watch: It is quite long- watch only as much as time allows :)
During our walk, let's work on experiencing the calmness and satisfying FILL of GOD by relating our spiritual needs to our physical needs. To accomplish this, let's seek to find and enjoy a forest stream today. Our goal during this study is to learn new truths about God's amazing LOVE by observing nature. Who better to lead us on this LOVE discovery walk than God himself! Before we begin our walk, let's invite God to join us.
As we walk let's ask God to help us to feel His love for us in new and powerful ways.
Let's ask Him to reveal new truths to us today through nature.
Today's mission: To understand that staying NEAR to Christ will not only help to quench our earthly desires but will also calm and sooth us.
For us to get a deeper understanding of our natural reaction to water, let's take a few minutes to walk through nature and actually seek out a stream. As we begin our walk, let's focus our eyes and ears on God and his extreme LOVE.
Everything we see, hear, smell, and feel was created by God himself! God is LOVE! So in essence, everything in nature is a visual of God's LOVE! During our walk let's listen for the flowing sound of water. We will probably hear the stream before we can visually see the stream. To help us understand our focus verse on a deeper level, let's take the time to sit beside a stream-once we are able to locate one. As we sit near the stream let's focus our minds and bodies on the sound of the flowing water. Let's dip our feet into the cool refreshing liquid. If we brought a bottle of water with us, let's drink some now and quench our thirst. The longer we sit here listening to the sound of the water and feeling its coolness on our feet, the more relaxed we should feel. Our physical bodies are made to NEED this water! Just like our physical bodies, our spirits are also created to NEED water (living water- Jesus) Our earthly bodies are DRAWN to come closer to the water for a specific purpose- to be FILLED: both emotionally and physically! Our spiritual bodies are exactly the same! Our spirits are drawn to the living water(Jesus) because they NEED the same thing: they NEED to be filled! But unlike our physical bodies, our spirits are not always able to communicate with us in a way that is as easy to understand.
When are physical bodies are parched, we get the physical sensation of dry mouth and sluggishness. When our spirits are parched, it is sometimes harder to pick up on the clues. We may be spiritually parched and not even realize it. That is why it is so imperative that we continue to draw in closer to "living water" on a daily basis. We must remember how RELAXED and QUENCHED our physical bodies feel when we fill them and when we place them nearer to water. We must remember to provide these same quenching experiences for our spirits!
Let's look at our need for water from a scientific approach:
Besides oxygen, water is the most essential component for human survival. It is estimated that a person cannot survive for more than 3-4 days without water.
According to Wed MD there are several important functions of water:
1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.
The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.
Spiritual connection: Living Water (filling our spirits with the Word of God) can help us to absorb nutrition (God's Love), circulate God's Love (the ability to show love to others), transportation of nutrients (the ability to transport God's love with us to all areas of our lives), and maintenance of body temperature (the ability to remain cool and calm no matter what life throws our way)
2. Water Helps Energize Muscles
Cells that don't maintain their balance of fluids shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. When muscle cells don't have adequate fluids, they don't work as well and performance can suffer.
Spiritual connection: Our spiritual muscles must stay filled with living water in order to perform properly. We must work to gain spiritual muscle strength! Satan is constantly scouring the earth looking for individuals who are at their spiritual weakest to "bully." We must avoid this bullying as much as possible. We must not only avoid, we must also intentionally work to both hydrate and build our spiritual muscles! We must be prepared and on guard against all future evil attacks.
3. Water Helps Your Kidneys
Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. "Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate," quest says.
Spiritual Connection: Our thoughts and actions can easily become corrupt with waste. Our world is full of contaminates which try to enter and tear us down spiritually. We must be aware of this and do everything in our power to rid ourselves of this waste. This cleaning process is only possible through Christ! The more we fill ourselves with his living water, the more we allow him to flush out our spiritual toxins. Jesus can do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding our body of spiritual toxins as long as out intake is adequate!
Essential question to consider as we come to the end of this study:
Do we take the time in our own lives to quench our spiritual NEED to be filled and near to living water? If not, how can we improve this?
Art Reflection Activity
Bible Stories from the Heart adds coloring pages to each lesson for a specific purpose: to help us SOAK in the love of God. As you color this week's sheet, take the time to talk to God. Ask him to reveal himself to you in a new and powerful way. Thank him for wanting to fill you.
**Ask yourself, what are you "thirsty" for? Are you being quenched?
If not, as you color ask God to quench you. God is waiting to fill you!