December 13, Bread and Water
Today’s reading: Psalms 61-65
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water” - Psalm 63:1-3.
David was a poet who had a way with words. While God inspired the words, David used his gift, perfected his skill, and gave God something to use as David wrote the psalms. God does not use people with potential; He uses people who have taken the time and made the effort to develop their potential. In today’s verses, David expressed his desperate need for God, likening his need to the quest of a thirsty person in a desert. Jesus likened Himself to bread from heaven and water for life, indicating that He was and is the answer for anyone’s most basic need for life: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14) and “Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die” (John 6:47-49). Is that how you feel about your need for God? Is that a sometimes-thing, or an always-felt need? Is Jesus your daily bread and water? How do you express and meet your need for Him?