“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” – Psalm 63:1
We’ve all seen pictures of the parched land in the west where they are in the midst of drought. The earth cracked…creek beds empty of water. Some people so desperate for water, they steal it.
We are finally experiencing a little summer heat and humidity here in Wisconsin. I am reminded of how rapidly hot and humid weather can zap our strength and we begin to feel parched and shriveled…longing for the refreshment and relief that comes from an ice cold drink or an air conditioned room.
The Psalmist used that same kind of imagery to describe his feelings of separation from and longing for God. There are many things that can create that sense of longing or separation from God in our lives. It can come as a result of a crisis or loss in our personal lives, leaving us feeling uncared for. It might come as we are shaken by frightening world events that seem out of control. Or perhaps we fear God’s rejection as we struggle with sin or a personal failure and God seems so far away. Maybe we have neglected worshipping with other Christians for too long a time.
The Psalmist’s response to this longing in Psalm 63 was three-fold…he said he would seek God, remember God, and cling to God. (Verse 1, 6, 8) As Christians, Jesus has promised us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Even at those times when we “feel” separated from God, God is still present and still reaching out in love to us. If we are struggling with sin, God has promised that if we confess our sin, He will forgive us. God promises that if we seek Him with our whole heart, we will find Him!
Feeling a bit parched and zapped of spiritual strength and longing for a closer relationship to God… let me encourage you to continue to seek God, remember God’s faithfulness in the past, and cling to Jesus Christ and God’s promises for your present and future. Make sure you are making it a habit to worship with other believers, remembering Jesus’ promise, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)
The Psalmist goes on to rejoice in his relationship with God with these words: “Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live…” Psalm 63: 3,4a
Grace and Peace,