Thirsting For God

Thirsting For God
Posted on Oct 9, 2016 in Devotions
By:  Pastor Daniel Vaughan
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Do we long to be intimate with God? As a pastor, I often encourage others to spend time with God. This post is not another list of reasons to urge us to devotions. Instead, this post is to ask the honest question, “Do I thirst for God?” In the past six weeks, this simple question has been one that I have wrestled with. Psalms 63:1-4 is so clear, precise and reveals one truly thirsting for intimacy with God. 
1 O 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.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
    beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
    my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live     
    in your name I will lift up my hands. (Psalms 63:1-4, ESV) 

We can read these words and see a drastic difference between the Psalmist desire to be in the presence of God and ours. We as believers have all gone through those seasons in which we have faltered to some degree with our intimacy with God.

It may surprise some, but even pastors share these challenges. Recently, I found myself in such a season in which I was going through the motions and just “surviving” in this area. The Holy Spirit helped me understand that I began to thirst after the abundant blessings that God could give me, rather than, thirsting for God and His love. This subtlety is one that leaves us wanting more. The more in which we need is intimacy with God. A never-ending thirst for Him and His steadfast love is established only through authentic and real intimacy.

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