Wednesday Word 10.31.2018

Psalm 63 New International Version

1 You, God, are my God,
   earnestly I seek you;
   I thirst for you,
   my whole being longs for you,
   in a dry and parched land
   where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
   and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life,
   my lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
   and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
   with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

I don’t fully comprehend what it means to be thirsty in a place where there is no water. When we traveled to Arizona, I panicked at the sight of the terrain heading for Monument Valley and asked Dan to turn around and head back towards Sedona, the oasis, instead. As a child of lush green hills, I was overwhelmed by the vastness of all that flat brown desert. Not for me! There has always been a gas station not too awfully far ahead to meet our needs as we wander. There has always been a motel at the end of the day wherever we went. We’ve had to go a little further than anticipated a few times, but we haven’t had to sleep in the car. Yet. We are spoiled. Terribly spoiled.

The task at hand is to crave the love and protection of God the way David did. There is a slow and insidious progression. First, it is easy to forget to whom we owe all our blessings while we are enjoying them so much. It seems like they will always be there for us. We take them so much for granted. We expect to be blessed. Finally, we are under the mistaken belief that we are entitled to it. Then the world happens and we find we aren’t so special, after all.

Have you seen God in the sanctuary? Or have you seen his hand when you least expected it? In your life or in someone else’s? We may miss the power and the glory if we are consumed by our own fears and concerns. David didn’t always make the best choices, but he got this right. Earnestly seek him! When all is beauty and goodness. When all is dark and desolate. Praise and glorify the Lord, your God. Why? Because his love is better than anything we can muster. God’s love is life! He is the one entitled to our praise and our gratitude…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki