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The Perfect Drink

June 19th, 2008

Focus Text: Psalm 19: 7 (NLT)

7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead

My honeymoon had to be the most amazing trip of my life! It was the culmination of an almost two-year engagement (which I do not recommend), months of wedding planning, a sea of stress, and the collision of two families into one. Laura and I were exhausted and Mexico was just the romantic getaway we needed.

We stayed in Cancun at the Moon Palace, an all-inclusive resort with over two-thousand rooms and ten restaurants just at the hotel itself! It was an incredible place to spend the first week of our married life together. We ate to our hearts’ content, laughed wholeheartedly, walked on the beach, slept, and swam in the four-acre pool that stretched out across the back of the resort– that’s right– four acres! The pool at the Moon Palace was four times bigger than my back yard!

One of my favorite features of the all-inclusive experience was the free food and drinks (virgin drinks, obviously.) Specifically, I became enamored with the frozen drink machines that dispensed as many Strawberry Daquiries and Pina Coladas as I could throw back– and throw them back I did! For seven days, you could find me lounging in a blow-up chair sipping on my virgin Pina Colada. And when I got done with that one, another was waiting for my taste buds to engage. I literally gorged myself and I enjoyed every minute of it.

These amazing little liquid utopias, mixed on-site with freshly grown pineapples and coconuts, were not the kind you would buy as a frozen mix at Kroger. They were culinary perfection and they were absolutely free. All I had to do was walk up to the machine and pull the lever– Wala! Heaven in a cup!

Psalm 19:7 speaks of another drink that is perfect and refreshing: the “instructions of the Lord.” Now before your eyes roll completely out of your head because my transition here sounds so cheesy and predictable, I implore you to stop and smell the coconut (spiritually, of course.) Instructions are more than just commandments or rebukes– the Psalmist is referring to his personal love for God’s Word. To David, when God would speak, his very soul would be “revived.”

How often we miss the forest for the coconut trees! God’s Word is more than daily Bible reading. It begins there, but has no ending! It’s the internal guidance and encouragement of the Holy Spirit. It’s that indelible moment that a specific verse jumps off the page and smacks you right between the eyes. It’s when your heart wells up as you are reminded by a certain song of how much God means to you. There are so many ways that God speaks to us and they are as varied as the drink machines at our hotel.

Our generation desperately seeks the supernatural– something real and genuine that they can sink their teeth into. In my life, the moments I’ve felt most alive are the times that God has spoken to me through one of the various ways His voice is heard. Can you recall one of these moments in your life? I want to be like David– so desperate to hear what God has to say today that I long for it like a man crossing the desert with no canteen.

Like a free Pina Colada that quenches the chalky thirst that only worsens in the blistering Mexican sun, God longs to speak to us and revive our souls. All we have to do is walk up to Him and ask Him for a drink. So grab a glass and thrown it back– it’s free, you know!

 

 

 

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