Quench Your Thirst
Lord God, You have formed and protected me. Let my worship today be witness to my thanks.
Read ISAIAH 44:1-5
 “But now listen, O Jacob, my servant, Israel, whom I have chosen.  This is what the LORD says- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.  For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.  They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.  One will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’; another will call himself by the name of Jacob; still another will write on his hand, ‘The LORD’s,’ and will take the name Israel. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat is God promising here?
“The people of God are humiliated, homeless and in exile. Now God reminds them how well he knows them, calling them by their old name, Jacob “the deceiver.” But he also reminds them of all he has done for them, knowing all along what they were like: he formed them, chose them, and called them by name.
He who formed, chose and called them will also help them, now and in the future. He renames them Jeshurun, “the upright one,” and promises to pour out water on the dry ground. For those who are in exile in the desert—where all around is brown and dry, where water is treasured, where streams, trees and meadows are a rare sight—this is a powerful promise.
At Pentecost that day has come. The people knew the humiliation of Roman rule, felt abandoned by God, and were thirsty for him. They longed for him to pour out his Spirit: to hear his voice and know his love. Now each hears God’s word in their own language, is filled with his Spirit, and their thirst is quenched. They begin to live upright lives, like poplar trees by a stream.”
What do you “thirst for” from God? A fresh sense of his love or presence? Ask him for it now.
Lord, You are the One who truly quenches my thirst. I pray to know and love You in a new, fresh way.
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