Read Psalm 63:1-4. 1O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
Like a tea bag in hot water, the worst things in life will reveal the contents of your heart. When the Israelites entered the dry and weary land it brought out their complaining, discontented, fearful hearts. But for David the dry and weary land where there is no water has only increased his resolve to find God, to look upon him, beholding his power and glory.
What makes the difference? O God, you are my God.
This is the language of lovers. Possessed by God and possessing God. I am his and he is mine. David has set God’s steadfast love up against everything else in life, and it has proven to be the greatest of satisfactions for all that his soul needs. God’s covenant love made life worth living and every trial bearable. Can you say the same?
If not so much, may I suggest looking upon him once again in the sanctuary. For David this would have meant beholding and contemplating the blood stained mercy seat. For us it means beholding his power and glory in the cross.
To live is Christ means letting every thirst of your soul, every disappointment, every shattered dream, every hardship, reveal your need for his living water. His love’s union with your soul. Until you can say, “I am his and he is mine and nothing in life is better than this.”
Prayer. Jesus, I want to earnestly seek you. Help me to see that every longing is really a longing for you and your love. Help me to keep your cross before my eyes today through my simple praise. Amen.
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