Who are we longing for?

David was longing for God: “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.” We aren’t always aware of that sharp longing for God, but it hits us sometimes.  Often when we are in a tight spot, or a low spot, we suddenly crave God’s presence.

As a community of faith; we long for God together.  Every week we gather to sing and pray to God, seeking God’s presence.  This is a task that we do together, but not only together; it’s something we need to be pursuing each day in our own lives.

How do we long for God?  Perhaps it’s by looking for the beauty God has created; waking up and wanting to see the beautiful day God has given us.  We long for God’s presence when we love our family, or love our neighbour, because God is present where love is.  We long for God’s presence when everything goes wrong and we are broken and bruised.  David wrote those words from Psalm 63 when he was in the wilderness of Judah, a dry and barren place.

Are you longing for God?  Lots of times we can concentrate our longing on other things; financial stability, a relationship, material possessions.  None of those things are wrong; but if the longing for them becomes so big that we forget to long for God, our priorities are skewed.  There’s a song I learned when I was little;  “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus in the morning, Jesus at the noontime, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus when the sun goes down.”  It’s my prayer that you will be longing for Jesus.  Come with that longing on Sunday at 7, for our evening worship service.

This week’s prayer:  Help us to be aware of the our deepest thirst, and help us to find you, the Living Water that we need.

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