Growing in our desire for God
Psalm 42:1-3 (NIV)
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
“I love the Cardinals! I love Chocolate Cake! I love my car!” We have all heard these statements of affection spring from our mouths when we talk about our possessions and our likes. People line up hours beforehand to buy tickets to the Cardinals playoff games. Just the word Chocolate cake causes mouths to begin to salivate as dreams of enjoying the thick creamy icing and the soft, warm chocolate cake. Pulse increases when we think of driving a new Corvette through town. All these things bring about a reaction in our body. How often do our thoughts of God cause our heart to beat faster, our taste buds to water ore, our mind to conjure up thoughts of majesty and beauty?
God is not glorified when we look at the spiritual disciplines like we would a visit to the dentist, necessary but certainly not delightful. It has been ten days since this fast observance has begun. How is your heart for God? Is it growing in passion and desire for God himself? Do you find yourself longing to pray more and commune more with God as a result of this fast?
The Apostle Peter said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Has your taste for the things of God grown? Does your heart beat faster when you consider the time you get to be with God in prayer and communing with Him as you read the Bible?
Perhaps you have had this thought in your mind, “I cannot wait until this is over so I can get back to what I love.”
Let this prayer that David prayed be yours today as you seek to set your affection on Christ.
“Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit within me.”
May you find your heart for God increasing as you follow Him through this great adventure.