Today’s Scripture: Psalm 63
1) O God, thou art my God; earnestly will I seek thee: My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee, In a dry and weary land, where no water is. 2) So have I looked upon thee in the sanctuary, To see thy power and thy glory. 3) Because thy loving kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise thee. 4) So will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 5) My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; And my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips; 6) When I remember thee upon my bed, And meditate on thee in the night-watches. 7) For thou hast been my help, And in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. 8) My soul followeth hard after thee: Thy right hand upholdeth me. 9) But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, Shall go into the lower parts of the earth. 10) They shall be given over to the power of the sword: They shall be a portion for foxes. 11) But the king shall rejoice in God: Every one that sweareth by him shall glory; For the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
I think yesterday’s message turned out to be really good. I think this series is turning out to be really good. We’re barely a week into this series, and so far I believe that some of our best messages have been written in this series. I just can’t get away and out of my heart that there’s such a need to have a real sense of urgency about seeking God’s face…because never before have we been in such close proximity to the end of the world as we Christians know it.
It’s really time to stop straddling the fence, stop being lukewarm, and get serious about being serious with God. I’m not sure today’s message is going to be very long, but we’ll see. It’s always up to the Holy Ghost. I never want to put Him in a box. I may feel like there’s not a whole lot to say, and then I write forever. Other times, I feel like I might write forever, and I barely say any thing. Because it’s not about me…it’s all about what the Holy Ghost wants to say to us.
Therefore…every once in a while I like to actually post my opening prayer not only because I want you to see that I truly seek the Holy Spirit’s help when writing these messages, but because I want you to see that I truly rely upon God and not my own abilities when it comes to writing these messages. I can’t do it with out His anointing…and therefore it’s time to ask for it…Amen!?!
Holy Spirit…I thank You for speaking through me. I ask for the anointing that only You supply, and that I would speak only that which You would have me to speak. I yield myself to You to be Your vessel, and I ask that You would open the eyes, ears, and hearts of those who will read this message…and I ask that You would speak to them through me…that Your will might be done in their lives. I ask for Your help now…in Jesus’ name…Amen & Amen.
O GOD, You are my God;Early will I seek You;My soul thirsts for You;My flesh longs for You; In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
That’s the first verse of this Psalm that David writes. Some times, I like to find out what David is writing about when he writes a particular Psalm. This one carries this title: “Joy in the Fellowship of God”
You do know that the Bible says that in the presence of the Lord there is “fullness of joy”? In case you think I’m making that up. Here it is: “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalms 16:11 (NKJV).
I love how David declares Oh God…YOU are my God. Have you done that? Have you with reckless abandon just declared: “Oh God…You are MY God.”? I’ve often thought about how God said of Jesus when He came up out of the water “this is MY Son”. Do you know that as sons and daughters of God that He looks at each and every one of us…and with reckless abandon says: “This is MY son or MY daughter!”?
So…I think we ought to return that same reckless abandon to Him, and declare this same thing here that David did. Oh God, You are MY God. I know that I have, and from time to time I still make sure to declare it. You know…some times…we have to just encourage ourselves in the Lord, right!?! I mean some times the world can really get us into a place of being dry and uninspired…but that’s when we need to rise up…and realize that we’re the blood bought saints of God…and that we need every once in a while to remind ourselves that we’re the sons or daughters of God…and that He is our God. We need to remind ourselves that “I am MY Beloved’s, and MY Beloved is MINE.”
My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You.”
One of my favorite songs is best sung by Misty Edwards. The song is called “My Soul Longs for You”, and I can’t help but think that song might have been inspired by this Psalm.
My soul longs for You, My soul longs for You…nothing else will do. Is that the passion in your heart? I know it’s the passion that’s growing and burning hotter in mine. Like I admitted in the last message. I’d be lying to you if I said that my passion for God is the same as David’s, but I can also tell you that my desire is for my heart to burn for God like David’s. I know it’s probably not normal to have someone who desires and aspires to be used of God to admit that there are other things that distract him from his passion for God…and like I’ve said many times if you’re looking for someone who is always in the Spirit and on fire for God 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including twice on Sunday’s), and 365 days a year…then you’re not going to find that guy here.
However, what you will find is someone who strives every day to be better than he was yesterday. He realizes that’s not always going to happen, but none the less…that’s what he works for and strives for in his personal walk with God. His desire is to grow in maturity…losing more of the things that don’t matter…and gaining more of that one thing that does matter…being at the feet of the Master.
That, friends, is who I am. I’m not the greatest. I’m not a flawless, perfect example…I’m just someone who really does have a heart for God…and desires to have a passion that burns hotter and more intense the longer and more I get to know God.
If that appeals to you…I hope you’ll join me in this quest of mine over the next few weeks to dig deeper, and try to be more passionate and diligent about seeking the face of the Lord with our whole hearts…and getting more on fire for God than perhaps we’ve ever been before. I know, for me, personally that’s my desire and hope as we continue through this series.
After all, the goal really is to seek God…and to have more of those life altering encounters with the Master. The goal is to spend more time at His feet, and less time on my knees seeking His forgiveness for not taking more of that needful time with Him. I’m finished with Christianity and doing the “norm”…I want radical…I want purposeful…and I want the face and presence of God to be the top priority in my life…how about you!?!
Be A Doer…Not Just A Reader:
Like in the last message…I guess there is some homework. Maybe it’s points to ponder or maybe you might actually want to do what is suggested, but either way…I hope you’ll take some time…and really think about whether you’re following along with this series just to follow along…or if you really want to have a passion and zeal for God and having a relationship with Him like you’ve never had before. It’s up to you to decide what the real goal is for you…but for me…I don’t want to waste time…I want to redeem time…and therefore…I want every message I write to be written out of the desire to seek God’s face…and therefore it’s with that thought I leave you with today’s assignment.
Who is God to you? Take some time today to think about it.
Some times, it’s just not necessary to say a lot, and today’s one of those days where there really isn’t much to say…but a lot to reflect on. Think of these words: “My soul longs for You…nothing else will do.” I don’t know about you…but that’s the cry of my heart…and I want that cry of my heart to be louder and more passionate than ever before.
Father, my soul does long for You. My heart desires to seek You with it’s entirety, but there’s so much that’s clamoring for it’s attention today. Lord, help my distracted heart to become more focused and single-minded. Help me to turn off the distractions more, and seek You will You may yet be found. Help me to have that fire and passion that I long to have in my heart for You. Refine me, Lord…in Jesus’ name…Amen.