Thursday, May 25, 2006

Desiring God (Pt.1)

Psalm 42:1-2 says, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?" (emphasis added).

Have you ever had this kind of desire for God? One that just drives you to Him? In this passage, the psalmist gives us the truest expression of a child of God in worship. His "soul thirts for God." There are so many things to distract us from this kind of relationship that we rarely thirst for God like this. Notice that all of his focus was on having God now which is why he asked "When shall I come and appear before God?" In the world we live in having God now is the last thing many want. They want Him only after they have had their fill of this life but not so with David. He had a heart for God and it shows itself right here in this psalm.

If I could encourage you today I would challenge you to feast on God's Word. Begin by taking small bites, like reading through a book in the New Testament (e.g., 1 John). Then move to larger books (e.g., John). Before you know it you will find yourself desiring God's Word more. You see, when you want God that much then you are desiring the right things -- not to mention thirsting for the right One. So as "the deer pants" so must you. Pant after Him today!

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