“His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water” (Psalm 1: 2-3).
My water bottle usually gets a comment or two because of how it looks. It’s nothing fancy, just an old, glass, lemonade bottle, but I like it more than the typical metal bottles you find in the store. Besides, it was much cheaper! The biggest reason I use it is because it makes it easier to track exactly how much water I’ve had in my day. If I look at it and see it’s still mostly full, I remember, “Oh, yeah! I haven’t had enough water today!” As anyone living in a desert will tell you, staying hydrated is very important, and sometimes it’s easy to forget to take a drink.
Sometimes I think of my Bible in the same way. “Oh, yeah! I haven’t had enough of the Word today!” There is a thirst that resides in our souls, and sometimes we forget how thirsty we are until something reminds us of how long it has been since we last tasted God’s presence. It’s really easy for me to get caught up in the busyness of my day and to get distracted by all of the wheels I have spinning. Maybe that’s why I occasionally find myself thirsty for God’s Word. Just like how going without drinking water all day makes me practically drown trying to quench the dryness in my throat, I have to submerge in the Bible to refresh my soul.
Some days, I find myself reading the equivalent of a bottle of the Word. It’s survivable, but definitely not healthy. Even if I can survive on the fountain of the Holy Spirit that resides in me, that doesn’t mean I should settle for it. David said it best in Psalm 143:6, “I spread out my hands to You; my soul longs for You like a thirsty land.”
I’ve heard it said that we should have at least eight cups of water a day. I think a better rule is drink what you need whenever you’re able to, and then drink a little bit more.