Vs. 1, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” David was in the desert probably running from either Saul or Absalom when he wrote this psalm. Crying out to God shows David’s faith, but also shows that he was in distress. David remembered God in his desert. Notice also that David did not have an alter to present sacrifices, but he did offer a sacrifice of praise with his lips & lifted his hands in worship. And though David could not rejoice in his current circumstance, he was able to rejoice in God!
Regarding application…Depending on God. I doubt any of us will find ourselves stranded in a desert or island, but if we were…what are three things you would like to have with you? What suprises me about David, is that obviously he was thirsting for water…yet his spiritual thirst for God outweighed his physical thirst. There are going to be many times in our lives where we will long for what can give us pleasures in the here & now. It happened to David with Bathsheba…and it can most definitely happen with us. Yet, we find David’s strongest dependence upon God when he had nothing. We are foolish people are we not? Rejoice in your present struggles & rejoice when you find yourself in your own spiritual desert. Realize that God is purifying you like gold. When you think about it…we are not worthy to suffer. We deserve nothing…yet Christ has paved the road of suffering so we may be a light just as He was a light. It is the testimony of those who have endured much that can impact the hardened world around us. If God has chosen you to suffer..consider it great Joy that you were chosen! AMEN!