My 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. Psalms 63:1 NKJV
The phrase, ‘dry and thirsty land’ in this verse signifies a hopeless situation of the man praying here.
The man has been in a dry and thirsty land, toiling day and night, with fruitless efforts. He was tilling a piece of land that has neither mineral nor water to yield a desired produce.
Like other farmers, he clears the bush, makes ridges, plants the best of the seed, but has no harvest like other farmers because he was occupying a piece of land that has no water and minerals.
This is a life of dryness. As he was busy doing his labour planting and sowing on the dry land, he was expecting an abundance of rain but his hope faded away as the heavens were closed over him.
This is the condition of many people in this contemporary time. They are living a dry and hopeless life.
Their work, labour and toil to and fro have always been crowned with futility. The dews of heaven have seized and the windows of heaven closed against their lives.
Their lives have always been full of agony, pain and sorrow. Regret has always been the songs of their mouths.
They are down in their hearts. To worsen the matter, no one was there to console them or lead them in the right path.
But something impressed me about this psalmist: in his hopeless situation, even in this dry and thirsty land he could overlook his circumstances and situations as if they were not real, and positively declared: Oh God, you are my God; early will I seek you.
Now, his song is, ‘early will I seek You’. Now, he has put his trust only in God. I know his life will blossom again because he has decided to seek the Lord early and because he is no more running after man but the living God. His decision will make way for him.
The positive disposition in a hopeless situation can make one turn to God who gives hope to the hopeless.
Psalm 107: 4-7 gives another account of people who went through hopeless situations.
Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless.
5 Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died.
6 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress.
7 He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live. NLT
This is a very worsen condition. First, they were wandering, they were going without a sense of direction.
Every way looks like a way until they get there to discover it’s a thick bush.
Secondly, they were wandering in the wilderness. Wilderness is the home of wild animals.
Their lives were in danger. They live their lives in fear. Fear of wildlife, Fear of darkness, Fear of rain, Fear of dangers and Fear of death.
Wilderness is a place of fear, torment and terror, struggle and hardship.
They kept moving backwards and forward because they could not find a place of rest. Their souls fainted in them because they have neither food nor water.
Then they suddenly remembered God. They discovered the only one who can help them is Jehovah. Then they all cried out for help.
Now, I want you to see something here. It does not matter how far they have gone, it does not matter how long they have been in their predicament; it does not matter the level of their hardship, immediately they turned to God the story began to change.
Two things happened to them as they come to God:
…and He delivers them out of their troubles.
Did you see that? What you have done will not prevent your happiness in God if you choose to come to Him.
How far you have gone into the world does not matter, if you will decide to turn to God now, He will deliver you.
And he led them forth by the right way.
Once you come to God, He will show you the way to happiness and unending joy in Him. He will not only show you the way but also lead you through.
God is ready to lead you into your promised land; He is prepared to show you the way to your prosperity but until you turn to Him. He is ready to show you the city to dwell in as soon as you come to Him.
God will not overrule your decision. He respects our choices so much. God will not carry you if you refuse to open your arms. He will not lead you if you are not ready to follow.
So it’s yours to decide. God was able to deliver these people out of their bondage because they came to Him. A lot of people remain in their miserable condition because they refuse to turn to God.
He sees your sufferings and pain but He will do nothing about it until you call unto Him.
Do it today. The earlier the better.