Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Devotional Thought : Psalm 63:1

This is the fourth in a series of 8 devotional thoughts about David. It looks at how the fourth beatitude, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness", is seen in David's life and considers David's desire for God.

"O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water." Psalm 63:1

David says he is thirsty for God in a land where there is no water. It sounds like David wants God more than he wants water. We need water on a daily basis do we desire God on a daily basis? Elsewhere in the Psalms we read, "How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God." (Psalm 82:1-2)

How hungry are we for God to be impacting our daily lives? How thirsty are we for "the spring of living water" (Jeremiah 2:13) to be flowing through our lives and touching others? Our passion for God becomes a desire to do His will (Psalm 40:8).

We see this in David's life. In 2 Samuel 5:18-25 David inquired of the Lord regarding attacking the Philistines for the second time. David didn't take for granted that what God had told the first time would apply the next time. Such was David's desire to do things God's way.

God testified concerning him David: "I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do" (Psalm 13:22). That's an amazing testimony, David will do everything God wants him to do. David desired to do God's will even though there were times when he sinned still in David's heart the desire was there to do God's will. Are we as keen to do God's will?

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1 comment:

Nate said...

Susan, Thanks for these. The bible always makes me fell better. I appreciate it.