Story behind the song – Come You Thirsty

by / Saturday, 10 August 2013 / Published in songstory

Bible references: Isaiah 40, 55; John 4, 10; Romans 8; Revelation 7, 22

Themes: Contentment, comfort, forgiveness, guidance

The biggest crowd we have had to date at Perth Women’s Convention was in 2012 when we studied the topic of contentment. Dissatisfaction (with life, with ourselves, with God) seems to characterize us in many ways, often all the more as we get older. We know it makes us miserable, and yet we struggle to embrace the contentment God promises when we surrender ourselves and our desires to him.

In writing a song for this conference, I wanted to give people reasons to really believe God when he says he does things for the good of those who love him and are called by him. I wanted to capture some of the many, many ways God (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) satisfies our desires with good things, in fulfillment of Psalm 103:5.

But any more than 4 verses was pushing it, so I chose these, which are all referred to in Revelation 7:14-17;

1. God as the source of all goodness as the “water of life” (Isaiah 55:1-3, John 4:10-14, Rev 22:17)
2. Jesus the good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep and guides them in the good way (Psalm 23, John 10:1-18)
3. Jesus who takes upon himself our burdens of sin and guilt, washing us clean (Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrews 10:19-22)
4. God the Father, Son and Spirit as comfort and refuge for the broken and grieving (Isaiah 40:1-5, 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, Romans 8:26-28)

As is the case in the Isaiah 55 passage that the opening words came from, the song is written in the second person. I did this deliberately for 2 reasons. The first is that we are singing the song to each other, reminding each other of who God is and what he is like. But it is also because we are singing to ourselves as a reminder too, such as David did in Psalm 42:5. (“Why are you downcast, O my soul? …Put your hope in God”.) Martyn Lloyd-Jones suggested that much of our unhappiness comes from spending too much time listening to ourselves and not enough time speaking to ourselves. So here’s an opportunity to do that.

The melody is deliberately simple, and the movement should be steady and strong, the outcome hopefully that we are secure and strengthened in these words of comfort. I pray that it will be that for you.

© 2013 Liz Gordon

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