Reading: Psalm 63:1-8
“Sara, we need to go visit your lamb Teeny,” said Grandmother. She put on her gardening hat and handed Sara a baseball cap.
“Can’t we wait until it cools down?” asked Sara, putting the cap on her head. “It’s awfully how out there right now.”
“Well, that’s what makes me want to visit them,” said Grandmother. She held up a plastic bottle that was full of frozen water. “We’ll put this bottle in their water to cool it down for them. That will help them endure this heat.”
Sara and her grandmother went outside and walked to the barn. As they neared the little pen that held the lambs, Sara saw how tired they looked. She ran quickly the rest of the way, for usually her lamb Teeny was jumping and dancing as soon as she noticed her. As Sara neared the pen, she saw that their water trough was empty. “Oh, Grandmother, these lambs have no water at all!”
Grandmother frowned as she quickly grabbed the hose and turned it on. As the cool, clear water flowed into the trough, the lambs nearly trampled one another to get to it. “We should have come earlier. And I forgot to check their water when we fed them this morning. It wasn’t full, but I thought there was enough to get them through the afternoon. I didn’t realize it would get so hot today.”
Sara put the bottle of frozen water into the trough. “Look how happy they are to have a drink!” she said.
Grandmother patted Teeny, who slurped the water greedily. “Yes, they’re thirsty. When you’re thirsty, you appreciate every drop of water you can have. That’s how we should feel about God’s Word also. Our souls should hunger and thirst for it. It should be as important to us as food and water. We should praise God and thank Him for feeding our souls so well. Can you imagine what your lambs would have been like if we had waited to give them water?”
“Oh, I don’t want to think about it!” said Sara. “That would be just awful if one of them died of thirst.”
“Yes, and God doesn’t want that to happen to our souls either. That’s why He helps us and shows us His power and glory through His Word. It’s a wonderful thing to have, and we should see how important it is every day!”
For Further Study:
- In this psalm, David talks about his dedication to the Lord. It is as important to him as water is to a man in the desert. When David has this dedication to the Lord, he can’t help worshipping God and singing for joy! This is the kind of dedication that will make us serve God and our Christian friends. Read these other verses about being dedicated to the Lord: Deuteronomy 6:5; Psalm 119:2; Proverbs 3:5; Luke 16:13; 1 John 2:15-17.
- How often do you eat and drink? What about snacks? How often do you “take time to be holy”?