O God, you are my God,
earnestly I see you;
my soul thirsts for you,
my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land
where there is no water.
I pray that as you read those words, you saw not only with your eyes, but also with your heart. This description is the sacred romance that each one of us is meant to encounter with God. It describes the purpose of our existence. Consider again the first few words: "O God, you are my God." Is that something that you can say? Have you encountered Him in such a way that He has become your refuge and strength? "O God of all the universe, who called the worlds into being, You are mine."
This is a Psalm about intimacy and the relationship that we were born to enjoy with God. It is a Psalm of prayer and devotion, prompted by the heart. Many people are motivated by discipline. Discipline is getting up and having a time of prayer and devotion with God when we are weary from exhaustion. On a daily basis, however, our heart should yearn to be with Him, as well as our soul. Our longing and thirsting comes as a gift from the Holy Spirit, and we desire it more than life. The heart of this Psalm says, "Give me a thirst and a hunger for You, God. Not just a discipline. Give me an ache and a longing to know You, to be with You, to abide in You always."
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