Do You Really Desire God?
This morning I’d like us to consider how much we really desire God. In Psalm 42, the writer begins with words that are familiar to many of us who have spent time in a church body: As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Is this true for you? Do you “thirst” for God the way that you desire a nice cold drink on a very hot day? Is time with God that important to you? Is hearing from God that important to you? Few of us are going to be very happy with our answer. We start to think of all the things that seem to get in the way and things that we seem to desire more than God.
I’m not attempting to make us feel bad. Rather, I’d like us to see God as One who is worthy of such devotion from us. I don’t want us to look down in shame but rather to look up in worship. This God that we know is worthy of that kind of desire from each of us. We have a God who, in those moments when we draw near to Him, has refreshing water for us each day. Let’s not attempt to motivate ourselves to desire God out of shame, rather, let’s motivate ourselves by pondering the great joy and blessing of a God who can be so desired and who is worthy of being desired in this way.