Day 12 – Longing!

2020 VISION | Day 12 | Longing!

“O God, my God! How I search for you! 

How I thirst for you in this parched and weary land 

where there is no water. How I long to find you! 

How I wish I could go into your sanctuary 

to see your strength and glory, for your love and kindness 

are better to me than life itself. How I praise you! 

I will bless you as long as I live, lifting up my hands 

to you in prayer.  At last I shall be fully satisfied;

 I will praise you with great joy”

(Psalm 63:1-5, LB).

Have you ever been desperate for God to come through? I have. There have been multiple times in my life that I have needed him to intervene on my behalf! More often than not, my cries to God tend to be for what he can do for me, more than for his presence with me. “God! Help! Rescue me!” In Psalm 63 we see one example of the difficulties David faced in his life. David had been running for his life. He was being hunted by Saul. But instead of calling out for rescue, or the comforts of home, he calls out for God’s presence! His soul is thirsty for God himself! Wait, what? Saul is chasing him (again) and trying to kill him (again) and instead of asking for an army of angels to come to his rescue, he cries out to God for his presence and his love? It’s as though David knows something that we don’t. God’s presence; an encounter with the love of God, is better than life? And rescue? And freedom from difficulty?? Being desperate for God to “come through” for us is much different than being desperate for God himself. If we follow David’s example and seek the Father’s presence with us, rather than what he can do for us, we will have what we need no matter the circumstances. 

Prayer: Father, help me to long for You in every part of my life. Remind me that even when I am confused, afraid, or broken, that I am never desperate. Instead I am a favored child of the only God. Help my soul to long only for my God. In Christ’s name, Amen!