On January 1, I started the Read Through the Bible in a Year Plan and right now I’m camped out in Psalms.
As I attempt to dive in and consume some of the Scriptures each morning, I’m asking God for wisdom and insight into his Word. And that he would speak right into my heart this day.
The tremendous benefit of the Psalms is that I can know that my prayer will be answered. God will speak. The emotions of my heart will be stirred.
My life’s deepest desires, secrets, worries and insecurities will be echoed in the lines of David.
Today was no different because of Psalm 63.
“O God, you are my God: I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night” (Psalm 63:1-6)
I read this and my truest desire in the core of my being is connected, welded — to these words.
My soul says, “Amen!’ and “YES!”
So often, I’m in hot pursuit of purpose and meaning, value and affirmation, truth and satisfaction — in the wrong direction. It is God, and only God! — Whom can satisfy, heal, redeem, fulfill — and who can receive praise as my worthy God.
Today, we must recognize what our body and soul is truly longing for and run back to Him in hot pursuit to offer praise overflowing. He’s waiting. It’s been Him all along.
God, you are my God.
My target of search has always needed to be You as my soul thirsts for You and my skin and bones long for You.
Your love is better than anything in life.
I will praise You and pray to You with hands lifted.
You sustain me and satisfy me more than any feast could.
I am so giddy with expectation to hear Your voice and experience Your presence that I am up at night thinking about You!
These are words from one who has tasted true life and I want to cling to them just the same. This is the word that I need today, tomorrow, daily and forevermore.