Secondly, the Bible uses the idea or being thirsty to show our desperate need to treasure Christ in gospel repentance.
Psalm 42:1-2 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 63:1-5 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4 So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
Isaiah 55:1-3 Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.
This is an invitation from a loving God to those who are desperately thirsty. In the original language when God invites us to “come” it is an expression of love and sadness over our thirst. In the ancient near east at that time water was a scarce commodity and you would have water vendors—modern day Culligan men—who would stand in the street markets and invite people to come and buy water as they were parched in the desert heat. But God in His mercy invites us to come and drink not only water but wine and milk that is FREE!!
This water alone quenches our thirst and leaves us satisfied.
John 7:37-38 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”
Thirdly, we see this idea of longing or yearning for Christ.
Psalm 77:3 When I remember God, I moan; when I meditate, my spirit faints.
This word “moan” really means to grow or roar. What happens when a lion roars? It means he’s hungry. We often say that our stomach is growling when we’re hungry.
His spirit also faints. He is overwhelmed.
Think about this idea of hungering and longing and being totally overwhelmed by Christ. When we remember and meditate upon Him—that is when we treasure Him and keep our eyes fixed on Him—we realize that we have a deep longing in our souls to be satisfied. We have a longing for true lasting pleasure and everywhere we look in this world to find it will never satisfy.
The only true source of everlasting joy and pleasure is in Christ.
Have you ever growled and moaned and fainted in desperation for Christ?
Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.
So when we think about gospel repentance it is a two-fold issue. We turn from, hate, kill, abominate, flee, and mortify our sin. We kill sin constantly, but that’s not enough. Killing sin alone is only half of gospel repentance.
We must also turn toward Christ and see Him as supremely glorious. We must treasure Him. We thirst after Him. We taste and see that He is good. We long, faint, and yearn for Him. We seek Him. We find in Him our ultimate satisfaction. We desire Him. We find in Him our greatest pleasure.
Sam Storms in his great book “Pleasures Evermore: The Life-Changing Power of Enjoying God” gives some great phrases in relation to how we can treasure Christ.
Are you: enamored, enthralled, entranced, excited, astounded, absorbed, stunned, consumed, thrilled, pre-occupied, overwhelmed, enthused, mesmerized, monopolized, captivated, fascinated, exhilarated…with JESUS!