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A Look At Psalms 63:1 My Soul Thirsts

Updated on August 14, 2018
A hot dry land
A hot dry land
A flower in the desert
A flower in the desert

Psalm 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.

I was raised in Northern Nevada in two small towns that are smack dab in the middle of the desert. Battle Mountain and Winnemucca. Two towns that are only 56 miles a part. But in terms of quality of life their differences are as far apart as the earth is from the moon.

I have always marveled how the folks in Winnemucca were able to carve out such a beautiful community in the middle of the desert. It stands out as one of the more desirable places in NV to live. After living in Battle Mountain for 6 years, a town that was voted by the Washington Post as the "Armpit of America" Living in Winnemucca was delightful, a joyful time in my life. It quickly became the place that I call home.

But, for all that Battle Mountain lacked in beauty and grace, it was there that God became my God. It was there in that dry and thirsty land, where life often struggles to survive, that God showed himself to me in a real and tangible way that made me forever one of his people. There in that hot dry land, God brought me living water and personally watered my character with His presences.

Smooth water in the desert
Smooth water in the desert | Source
Spring flowers in the Nevada desert
Spring flowers in the Nevada desert

Oh How My Soul Thirsts For Him

I am currently living in Florida in a small community 15 miles from the Atlantic ocean. There is water all around me, everything is green year round. Life is abundant. Ironically, it is here that I find that I am thirsty and longing for my God. Although I am in a tropical jungle it is here that I must rise early and seek Him. It is here that I find myself digging wells and and clinging to waterholes. As I look back at where God found me. I take a great deal of comfort in knowing that he found me in the desert. If He was able to give me life there in America's arm pit, surely he can give me life here in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Spiritually speaking, life is full of deserts and tropical jungles. I find that it matters little where I am geographically, sometimes I have to work a little harder to stay on top. But no matter where I am, or how I feel, the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one that can satisfy my thirsty soul,

Go and drink my friends, be satisfied

Your brother in Christ,


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    • Abrushing1968 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aaron Rushing 

      4 years ago from USA- Florida

      I do not know what to say Syede Fatima... I am so glad you could relate. Praise God. Go well my fried. Thanks for stopping by. I am truly honored


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      Syeda Fatima 

      5 years ago from Another Carriage of the Train of Time

      You left me speechless. If I could find something that could mirror my feelings then it is now,here on this page. Thank you for writing this.

    • Abrushing1968 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aaron Rushing 

      5 years ago from USA- Florida


      I like your point about Babylon. If ever there was modern day Babylon, America would be it. I love being an American, But indeed we have to so careful.

      Daily devotions, prayer and godly Christian friends are a must where ewer you live. But I have noticed that it is especially true when you find yourself in the desert. Amen?

      Go and worship well,


    • Abrushing1968 profile imageAUTHOR

      Aaron Rushing 

      5 years ago from USA- Florida

      Bill, thank you for you wonderful encouragement. I am glad you liked it. I praise God that you and your ministry are pointing all to Christ our living water.

      As always thanks for stopping by. I so look forward to your comments.

      In Christ


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      William Kovacic 

      5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Oh Brother . . . What a masterpiece and glorification of your God. Certainly God will take us anywhere, anytime we come to Him. Sometimes we need the deserts in our lives to keep us clinging. Sometimes we need the jungles to recognize God's tangible blessings. Either place God is good. Thanks for very meaningful piece.

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      5 years ago

      Hello Aaron,

      Yes, the desert is often where the Lord finds us/we find him.

      Symbolically, I think it is something to do with being far away from "Babylon" which is so well represented by the places where everything is available. There for the picking, tempting us to succumb. So many distractions.

      In desert places, well, there are a finite amount of distractions, then it is just you and God.

      I loved the picture of the waterfall in the desert.

      Thank you for sharing of these places and their effects with us. God Bless.


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