Transforming Ordinary People into Extraordinary Followers of Christ

What will your response be…. by Gwen Howell

David wrote psalm 63 while he was in the wilderness fleeing from his own son, Absalom, who was trying to kill him. During this time of uncertainty he cried out to God in worship. David isn’t petitioning for a change of circumstance, instead, he is in a state of complete longing.

     “O God you are my God; I earnestly seek you; my soul thirsts for you; My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

David wrote this while he was in the desert of Judah. He had no water. Rather than asking for water, he called out to God. He understood his need for God as a greater need than his body for water. Although his body was in a desert, his heart was not.

     “My soul will be satisfied as with fat from rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips”

While in a place of no food to satisfy his cravings, he understood the satisfaction that God offers to be greater than what food can offer the body. He was more hungry for his soul to be filled than his stomach.

During a time when life was at stake, he said

     “Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.”

Rather than asking God to save his life, he recognized that God’s love alone was better than life itself.

    “For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”

Charles Spurgeon said: “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages. He and David understood what is means to count it joy when they met trials of various kinds. “for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”.

     In life we have a choice with how we respond, no matter what comes our way….what will your response be?.?.?


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