Summary: Isn't it amazing that immediately after the trauma of going through childbirth the first thing a baby wants to do is have a drink! That's because we are all by nature born thirsty.
Intro: ***One of the prominent features today when you walk into a service station is the drink section.
Many years ago you could pull into a garage to get some fuel & not necessarily be able to buy a drink – they often didn’t stock them!
No so today!!! It’s almost a given that if you sell fuel you’ll sell drinks too.
Many of these well known brand drinks promise to have the answer to satisfying your thirst.
One is – The thirst crusher!
Another says it’s for – For a man sized thirst!
Coke is even bolder than this & makes the general claim that – Things go better with Coke!
Sprite (who is also owned by Coca Cola) tells us to – Obey your thirst!
Thirst is a universal appetite that is within each & every one of us....... not only this but it is a perpetual appetite!
In other words if you drink today & slake your thirst you’re going to have to do it again tomorrow & the next day & next week!
It’s a good thing that we have this perpetual appetite b/c w/o it we’d dehydrate & die in a very short time.
But it is also a perpetual spiritual appetite.
God has created men to be perpetually spiritually thirsty!
Feeling thirsty tonight? You may not know it but thirst is a part of your life & has been since the moment you were born.
What’s more it will continue to be a part of your life / desires for the rest of your life.
It’s a good thing then that we are aware of this & learn how to satisfy our thirst the right way.
I want to preach a message tonight simply called ‘Thirsty?’.
Text: Psalms 42:1-2 (NKJV) As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
# 1. The natural phenomenon of thirst.
A. Thirst is one of the most natural appetites in the human body.
a. We all have to live w/ the reality of thirst every single day.
i. The first thing a baby wants to do after being born is drink! ...... 9 months living in water & the first thing after being born is give me a drink!!!
ii. But this continues all through life ....... kids are born thirsty & continue to be thirsty.
iii. Teenagers seem to have limitless thirst – sometimes I think it’s a good thing the ocean isn’t made out of Coke!
iv. But it doesn’t stop there b/c whenever you find a group of adults together for any social setting there is invariably going to be something to drink – tea / coffee / soft drinks / alcohol.
v. Thirst has been referred to as the perpetual appetite in life.
vi. Jesus appeals to this appetite as he speaks to the woman @ the well ...
John 4:13 (NKJV) Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
b. But there are things in life that heighten / accentuate our thirst.
i. We often see this in people who go from r/s to r/s / job to job ..... even people who are continually travelling – many times its thirst they’re trying to satiate.
ii. The right r/s / job / place to be ........ but the only thing to come out of it is more thirst.
iii. We don’t know who wrote the Psalm but possibly the writer’s watching a deer being pursued craving some water in the chase & he says .....
Vs 1. As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
iv. We are very much like that deer pursued – not by a hunter but by life – inwardly we thirst for deep / lasting satisfaction.
B. God has put something in us that won’t allow the thirst to go away.
*** A small boy is sent to bed by his father. Five minutes later....
"I’m thirsty. Can you bring drink of water?"
"No. You had your chance. Lights out."
Five minutes later: "Da-aaaad....."
"I’m THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??"
"I told you NO!" If you ask again, I’ll have to spank you!!"
Five minutes later......"Daaaa-aaaad....."
"When you come in to spank me, can you bring a drink of water?"
a. Like I said thirst is a perpetual appetite.
i. This means that you are going to get thirsty today / tomorrow / next week & next year – it’s going to keep coming back.
ii. That’s a good thing ....... b/c it drives us to do something we essentially need to do – drink!