“My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.”
This prayer of longing was written
at a time when David was in the desert,
a place where physical thirst was all
around him, and the earth was
parched, lifeless and without water.
But David is writing also about a spiritual
thirst that overwhelms him and reminds
him of the emptiness of life without God.
David meditates on those happier moments
when he was close to the Lord, when his soul
was satisfied as with the riches of a banquet,
and when he took shelter in the shadow of
the wings of God.
We too go through times of spiritual deprivation
when we are away from God and indulge in
sinful practices that separate us from Him.
At those times, like a penitent sinner, we
experience our deepest longing for the love
of the Lord, and we seek out His loving embrace.
As our psalmist says, at times like that our soul
clings fast to the Lord, we bless Him, we glorify Him,
we praise Him.
Discussion Questions for Reflection
1. Our psalmist seeks the Lord because his soul thirsts for Him. Give an example
of a time when you have hungered for God's presence and blessing in your life.
2. The Psalm speaks of gazing toward the Lord in the sanctuary. Tell of a time
when you have gazed at the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of your parish
and how you could see His power and His glory.