“O God, you are my God, 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.” vs. 1
There are some who say that there is a “God-space” within every human and unless that space is filled our lives will seem barren and pointless. While there are some difficulties with that kind of language, the psalmist reflects that sentiment in the opening lines of this most beautiful praise psalm. Now it’s not that God is somehow absent from us…we know that is not the case. After all, there is no place where God is not! It’s just that we don’t feel the presence of God, and in those moments we really do feel the emptiness the psalmist describes. The reasons could be varied: maybe we’ve been neglecting our worship and prayers, or it could be that we’ve gotten preoccupied with other stuff. What a relief it is to then feel the overwhelming presence of love…we’re like thirsty plants sucking up the moisture of a gentle rain. The psalmist describes that feeling with words that have been turned into a popular praise song, “Thy loving kindness is better than life…my lips will praise thee, thus will I bless thee, I will lift up my hands unto thy name.” To know that we are loved is one of the most powerful emotions that any of us can feel. It brings total security and deep satisfaction…and no one will be able to miss the joyful smiles such love brings to our faces!
Thought for the Day: How has being loved changed me?