A Longing for God!!!

Wednesday John 8 12

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! A longing for God!!!

Psalm 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psalm 63:2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Psalm 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psalm 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
Psalm 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Psalm 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
Psalm 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Psalm 63:9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
Psalm 63:10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
Psalm 63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

In Times of discouragement, we need to rest in God’s Attributes. Knowing Who God Is, Brings us confidence in Times of Difficulties of daily living!!!

SOME OF WHO GOD IS:
I. When saved our heavenly Father.
II. LONGSUFFERING
III. He is The savior.
IV. The Great I am.
V. Omniscient.
VI. Omnipotent.
VII. Omnipresent.
VIII. Immutable.
IX. Holy.
X. Righteous.
XI. Sovereign.
XII. Love.
XIII. Merciful.
XIV. Trinity.

Someone once said that music has a tremendous impact in our lives. This is why we need to be careful on what music we open our ears and thoughts too. Whether we want to accept it or not music can influence the way we think and live our life. The Psalms were a collection of hymns. In it we find sound theology in practical daily living. In other words the Psalms teach us how to live Godly when times get tough.
As we examine this collection of hymns, we discover that it is largest book in the Bible, having 150 chapters or individual hymns. It is interesting that at least half them were written by King David- a man in the OT known for his intimacy with God- A man after God’s heart. A man who was always plagued with difficult and heart aches. Yet he continued to have a passion for God, even through his failures and difficulties. In Psalm 63 King David demonstrates for us this timeless principle:

INTIMACY WITH GOD DEVELOPS CONFIDENCE IN DAILY LIVING
FOUND THIS ON INTERNET AND IT GOES WELL WITH THIS MESSAGE: “While spending a week at her grandfathers, Sarah felt inner peace and comfort. She recognized that something was different here. During that week, She observed her grandfather pray with passion and he seemed to always be reading from his Bible. Sarah at the ripe age of 5 sensed the relationship that her Grandfather had with God. It was as If God was his best friend. It was his passion to know and to commune with God. When the week was up and her mom came to pick her up, she decided she did not want to go home. When asked why she didn’t want to go home, 5 year old Sarah stated “…. Because God is here, and I would like to stay where God is.”
As we read through this psalm, we will notice how personal it was. David had a strong personal relationship with God.. This Psalm was written at a low point in David’s life.
2Samuel 15:13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
2Samuel 15:14 And David said unto all his servants that were with him at Jerusalem, Arise, and let us flee; for we shall not else escape from Absalom: make speed to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly, and bring evil upon us, and smite the city with the edge of the sword.

David had to flee from the hand of Absalom, his son who sought to kill him. He gave up his kingdom and ran for the safely of the wilderness. It was here in the Wilderness on the eastern side of Judah by the dead sea that David penned the words that we find in Psalm 63. David begins His Psalm by reflecting on who God is.
I. Reflections of our almighty God.(verses 1-8 )

WE WILL SEE :
A. He is a PERSONAL God:
Psalm 63:1 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psalm 63:2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

1. “O God, Thou art my God”- What an AWESOME Phrase of recognition-
This is yet one more example of the AWENESS of God. A God that is to be worshipped and praised. TAKE TIME AND ADMIRE THE BEAUTY AND AWENESS OF GOD.

This is yet another place we see God is MIGHTY and see his STRENGTH. How do we view God- Is he our source of Strength? WHEN WE ARE WEAK (in trials/difficulties), WE NEED TO REST IN HIS STRENGTH ( Provides comfort and strength to get us thru our trials, and difficulties).

WHATEVER WE CAN DESIRE OR STAND IN NEED OF, IT IS WRAPPED UP IN THIS PHRASE “THOU ART MY GOD “
IS GOD PERSONAL AND REAL IN OUR LIFE?
2 As a result of a personal God, OUR WHOLE BEING LONGS FOR GOD.

The following statements show how much David longed for God:
I. Early will I seek Thee-
II. My Soul Thirsteth for Thee
III. My Flesh longeth for Thee
IV. In a dry and Thirsty land where no water is.

I believe God created us with a natural longing for him. Many in our world today admit that there is a innate void in their life. They seek to find it within the pleasures of the world. People are searching in the wrong direction for satisfaction. They need to only seek out a relationship with a personal and loving God.

My soul Thirsteth for Thee;

“God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is”;
Now look at verse 5 –
“My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips”:

David’s soul was satisified when he realized that he serves a personal God who loves for him .
Other psalms bear out this innate desire for intimacy with God.
Psalm 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 42:3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
Psalm 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
Psalm 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Psalm 84:3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
Psalm 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Psalm 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
Not only did the soul thirst after God but the Flesh Longeth for God as well.
As David reflects upon the need of intimacy with God, remember where he is at- the wilderness- a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. This is a reference to his physical surroundings as well as his spiritual condition.

WE NEED TO REALIZE THAT GOD IS A PERSONAL GOD, OUR WHOLE BEING SEEKS HIM AND CAN ONLY BE SATISFIED WITH HIM.

Nothing in this world will fill the void that people can feel:
I. Drugs won’t fill it.
II. Toys won’t fill it
III. Television won’t fill it
IV. Sex wont fill it
V. Traveling won’t fill it.

King David continues to reflect upon our personal God by witnessing His Power and glory. He is reminding us of God’s continual presence in our life. This is part of what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote in:
Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

That’s where our prospective needs to be.
Notice the word Sanctuary in v2 .
“To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary”.
In Hebrew it brings out the idea of temporary dwelling. In the Jewish mindset it referred to the Tabernacle- a place where God let his presence be felt. In the Tabernacle was an area known as the holy of holies which housed the ark of the covenant. This was the most sacred and significance of all the tabernacle furniture.
1Samuel 4:21 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband.

When David fled to the wilderness some of the levi priest brought the ark of the covenant with them. David instructed them to take it back to Jerusalem. David was comforted by God’s presence even through he was away from the Tabernacle and the Ark of covenant.
2Samuel 15:24 And lo Zadok also, and all the Levites were with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God: and they set down the ark of God; and Abiathar went up, until all the people had done passing out of the city.
2Samuel 15:25 And the king said unto Zadok, Carry back the ark of God into the city: if I shall find favour in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me again, and shew me both it, and his habitation:
2Samuel 15:26 But if he thus say, I have no delight in thee; behold, here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him.

This provides comfort for us as we seek God and find His Presence with us even in the difficult times of our life- Perhaps you are lonely this morning, perhaps you are struggling with some unwanted news- loss of spouse, loss of job, loss of your home. Whatever it is, FIND COMFORT IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD. He will never leave you, even though troubled through circumstances, it may appear you are struggling alone.
The following poem has helped me often.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
By Mary Stevenson
One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was
walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the
sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he
noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one
belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When
the last scene of his life flashed before him, he
looked back at the footprints in the sand. He
noticed that many times along the path of his life
there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed
that it happened at the very lowest and saddest
times in his life. This really bothered him and he
questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, You said that
once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all
the way. But I have noticed that during the most
troublesome times in my life, there is only one set
of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed
you most you would leave me.” The Lord replied,
“My son, My precious child, I love you and I would
never leave you. During your times of trial and
suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it
was then that I Carried You.”

God is a PERSONAL GOD, he cares for our whole being, he desires to be involved in every aspect of our life. Scripture tells us, he will never leave or forsake us. He is there carrying us through those difficult times. He is there to comfort us in times of sorrow. He is there to deliver us in times of trouble. He is there caring for us. As a result, We can Praise him.

Psalm 118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
Not only is God a personal God, HE is a PRAISEWORTHY GOD. He alone needs to be praised!!!
Psalm 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psalm 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
Psalm 40:10-12 (another psalm written by David)
Psalm 40:10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.
Psalm 40:11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.

We see David paints a picture of praise
a. David satsifies the longing of his soul for worship by praising God.
Psalm 107:43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.
b. He extols God’s lovingkindness

1. With his lips
2. With his tongue
3. With his hands, with his will
5. With his mouth
6.With his memory
7. With his intellect

Praise is essential for a healthy spiritual life. It should be a spontaneous response to God’s intervention on our behalf.
Praise is evidence of God at work meeting the needs of His people. It helps to encourage others in their valleys of discouragement.
Praise is both a duty and delight. It gives us a desire to serve.

It gives us the desire to reflect on who God Is and His faithfulness. (V6)
When I remember thee… And meditate on thee

C. He is a PROMISE-KEEPING God.
1. His faithfulness evidenced in times of difficulty
Thou hast been my help
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble

Idea of trouble – when we are between a rock and hard place
Remember the poem Footprints that I read earlier- It is in these times of difficulty that He carries us through.

I am sure as David penned these words, He reflected on God’s faithfulness in his Life.

Perhaps, has he was fleeing for His life here, he was reminded of God’s faithfulness and protection years early as he fled from the hand of King Saul.
Let us take a moment and reflect upon God’s faithful hand of deliverance or comfort in a previous situation in your life.
GOD IS FAITHFUL. He has proven His faithfulness in the past, and continues to be faithful even today. Let’s take the Apostle Peter’s Advise as He writes in his first epistle;

1Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.
Let us remember to Take all of the burdens and cast them at His feet.

II. Reality of Opposition
Psalm 63:9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
Psalm 63:10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.
Psalm 63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

A. Our Soul is under attack- V9 -….those that seek my soul to destroy it
Two things about those that are attacking

1. They are through in their search – (v.9) ….shall go into the lower part of the Earth

2. They shall not succeed in their plot (v10)
They shall fall by the sword
They shall be a portion for foxes.

B. The end result:
Psalm 63:11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Notice the Contrast BUT
1. But the king shall rejoice in the Lord
Despite the circumstances and attacks, David had confindence in God and who He is.

A Personal God , a praise-worthy God, and a Promise keeping God
That’s how he could remain focus even in the most difficult of circumstances..

For if and when we put our whole trust in Him we will develop:
TRUE INTIMACY WITH GOD DEVELOPS CONFIDENCE IN DAILY LIVING

Do we have That confidence? That when life has us in a corner,
That when circumstances have us discouraged.
But the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
Before God, men will be silenced. We are all to give an account before the Lord.

Justice will be served.
So then everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God
Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

How do you respond to circumstances in your life.
“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven”.

LET US REMEMBER OUR MIGHTY GOD IS BIGGER THAN ANY TRIALS, ANY ILLNESS, ANY LOSS.
SEEK YE FIRST
Seek Ye First
The Maranatha! Singers
Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Allelu, alleluia
Man does not live by bread alone
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God
Allelu, alleluia
Ask and it shall be given unto you
Seek and ye shall find
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you
Allelu, alleluia
Seek ye first the kingdom of God
And His righteousness
And all these things shall be added unto you
Allelu, alleluia
Man does not live by bread alone
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God
Allelu, alleluia
Love and prayers
Cheryl
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