Thirsting for God

3-3By Scott Murphy, Council of Twelve Apostles

O God, you are my god, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for yoi, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

—Psalm 63:1—3, 8

There was a time when I thirsted deeply for God. It came when I struggled through a conflict and experienced my own fear, anxiety, and questions. I thirsted for that human-Divine connection where I knew I could find the peace I needed.

In this psalm we find the beautiful expression of one who, amid his own fear and anxiety, came to fully recognize how precious life was when life was in God. In the desert the psalmist remembered what God had done for him and could not hold back the praise pouring from his heart. Life and love captured him, and he found peace.

Today, God invites us into the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper to remember that same love and faithfulness of God felt by the psalmist now extended to our lives. We remember there is no life absent God’s grace. There is no life absent God’s gift. There is no life absent the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

But how does one live who thirsts deeply for God and finds new life in Christ? You live differently for the sake of others. Our yearning, our thirsting for God calls us to adopt a new way for being. Our choices and actions begin to speak louder about our need to abolish poverty and to end suffering. When we thirst that deeply for God, it is difficult to settle for the conditions of life boys and girls, women and men live in every day. Those who feel brokenness are thirsting for someone who thirsts for their welfare.

So, what are you thirsting for today?

Prayer for Peace
Steadfast and loving God, we thirst for you throughout our lives. We cannot hide from your grace. You are with us, even when we are not with you. We praise you for the joy you bring. We thank you for the gift of Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Praying for Leadership of the Church
An important spiritual practice for disciples is praying for members of the body of Christ, particularly those who carry leadership responsibilities. Ask God to guide your awareness of persons who lead the community of faith in congregations, mission centers, and the World Church. Pray for God’s outpouring of grace on each servant leader who comes to mind.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will name my blessings and praise you for them.

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1 Comment

  1. Emmanuel Tshifunga

     /  3 March 2013

    This reminds me of the woman at the well with Jesus when Jesus promises to give her that she he will never thirst. There are times when you feel the personal effort of a man will not suffice to overcome hard situation. When you look at muscled man, you realize they too can’t anything to help though they appear strong. But still, there is need to end or solve the problem that even a doctor won’t. There comes ultimately the sense of emptiness, hunger, thirst in which you see God in face.
    in the midist of trouble, of conlicts the need to see to and to hear God increases and the the search of Him becomes seroius. It is obvious that some of the things if we achieve them, we doubt we could have done them. We think somebody stroger could do them, and that “somebody” could be God.

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