1 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.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
When we think of Bible characters we tend to think of their strengths or of their utter failures. The Psalms give us insight into real people with real daily struggles. While they did not have phones, emails, and media, they had problems very similar to ours. They struggled with each other. They struggled with depression. They struggled with the seeming prosperity of the wicked. They struggled with people who hated them and sought to do them wrong. They struggled with feelings of loneliness. And they struggled with sinful temptations.
So, when people who love God have struggles what do they do? Where do they turn? Who can they go to? In this Psalm, as in so many others, we are shown to turn to the only God, the only quencher of our thirst. We are taught to look for God in His sanctuary where we can see His power and His glory. We are taught to look at His lovingkindness toward us which is better than life itself and to praise Him.
There is something about refocusing our attention away from our problems that enables us to see better. As we turn away from one focus our eyes fix on Another, on the Lord, our Rock. He satisfies us, He fills us and we then praise Him with joyful lips. At night, when we have time to focus on the problems, we are shown to meditate, focus our thoughts upon Him. He then is our help and under the shadow of His wings we can trust. Wow! What a place to take us! We go from struggling to resting in a place of absolute protection.
Come with me today and let us take our struggles to the only One who can help us through them.
As we have been praying for Desiree, the deacons have asked if we could do a pantry shower for her. A pantry shower is simply each of us bringing something that she can use in her pantry. Items that are canned or boxed tend to work better. If you find a sale on meat and want to bring that, be sure to put it in the church refrigerator and make sure Desiree gets it. As a church, it is our goal to help her and the boys through this time until she can get back to work.
Sunday morning I will be teaching chapter 10 from the book Transforming Prayer. This chapter deals with the Holy Spirit’s part in our prayers.
Have a great day in the Lord,