In early summer of 1965, a University of Florida assistant coach sat down with a team of university physicians and asked them to determine why so many of his players were being affected by heat and heat related illnesses.The researchers — Dr. Robert Cade, Dr. Dana Shires, Dr. H. James Free and Dr. Alejandro de Quesada — soon discovered two key factors that were causing the Gator players to ‘wilt’: the fluids and electrolytes the players lost through sweat were not being replaced, and the large amounts of carbohydrates the players’ bodies used for energy were not being replenished.The researchers then took their findings into the lab, and scientifically formulated a new, precisely balanced carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage that would adequately replace the key components lost by Gator players through sweating and exercise. They called their concoction ‘Gatorade’.
Consider Elijah post Mt Carmel (1 Kgs 19) “Elijah was the champion of orthodoxy, chosen by God to challenge the king and the prophets of Baal and to call the nation back from apostasy. In a contest on Mt. Carmel, he was God's instrument to prove to Israel that Jehovah was the Lord. But after that amazing victory Elijah sank into the depths of despair. He sat down under a juniper tree and asked God to take his life.” – Paul Powell, http://www.preaching.com/sermons/11567061/
They can’t take your life, even if they want to (9a)God can take theirs, even though they don’t want Him to (9b)Cp. Mt 10:28, Lk 12:4God will use their own traps and a course of natural consequences to punish or thwart them (10)Cp. Ps 7:15, Prv 26:27Either He will draw my praise (11a)Or increase His glory/fame (11b)Or encourage those who swear by Him (11b)Or stop the mouth of the lying critics (11c)Or all of the above!!
In the heat of an intense personal attack, in a figurative weary land,a psalmist wrote about recovering his spiritual strength by turning his attention toward God. He refused to wilt! He endured with the help of a spiritual thirst-quencher– God.Mt 11:28 – all you who are weary
Gatorade or God?
Gatorade or God?Psalm 63:1-11
Gatorade was developedin 1965 by researchers toreplenish the losses ofstudent-athletes duringrigorous athleticcompetitions
Introduction• Psalms are contemporary,RELEVANT songs frompassionate hearts.– Like a medicinal elixir, they oftenreplenish the heart’s losses
Introduction• Spiritual dryness may be theresult of EXHAUSTION. (v1)• Your exhaustion may be causedby CRITICAL attacks of anenemy. (v11c)– intense, prolonged resistance tothese attacks wipes the believerout spiritually and emotionally
The Thirsty PsalmistI. O God, You are my God RIGHTNOW, and in this exhaustion.(vv1-5)
The Thirsty PsalmistII. O God, You have been myhelp in the PAST, in lots ofsituations just like this one.(vv6-8)
The Thirsty PsalmistIII. O God, You have a detailedFUTURE plan for success, eventhrough this exhaustingepisode. (vv9-11)
Rehydration Techniques• RUN back towards God (63:1-5)– Reaffirm your PERSONALrelationship with Him. (v1a)– Seek Him EARLY and earnestly.(v1b)– Spend time in individual andcorporate WORSHIP. (vv2b-5)
Rehydration Techniques• REST in His protection (63:6-8)– Remind yourself CONTINUALLY“God’s always had my back” (v6)– Place yourself back under HisWING of PROTECTION (v7a)– Sing to Him and CLING to Him(vv7b-8a)– RELAX – He has your back again!(v8b)
Rehydration Techniques• RESIST the urge to run away orreturn fire (63:9-11)– Let GOD deal with themappropriately (vv9-10)– Rejoice in God’s PLAN for you --your successful passage throughthis episode (v11)
You who are thirsty,come drink of GOD,not Gatorade!(or any other man-madeconcoction or solution)