Thirsting for God
All men, everywhere, may take this text for theirs.
The longing for the living God belongs to all men. Thwarted, stifled, it still survives. Unconscious, it is our deepest misery. Recognised, yielded to, accepted, it is the foundation of our highest blessings. Filled to the full, it still survives unsatiated and expectant. For all men upon earth, Christian or not Christian, for Christians here below whether in times of depression or in times of gladness, and for the blessed and calm spirits that in ecstasy of longing, full of fruition, stand around Gods throneit is equally true that their souls thirst for God, for the living God. Only with this difference, that to some the desire is misery and death, and to some the desire is life and perfect blessedness.
To us it is showed, and to us the whole revelation of God converges to that last mighty call, Let him that is athirst come, and whoever will, let him take the water of life freely! (EHS)Alexander Maclaren, Exposition of Holy Scripture