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You Are What I'm Yearning For - August 20 

Being in Your presence, O Lord 

Is what I'm yearning for 

Today we continue sharing lyrics to one of our songs, "Being in Your Presence."  We pray God speaks to you in this time of reflection. 

There’s nothing more important to our lives than longing for Jesus Christ.  And the beauty of it is that when we seek God, we discover that he was already seeking us!  That’s the Gospel!  As soon as we focus our heart’s intention on Christ, we enter into his presence and step onto the path of life with him. 

Here is a quote from A.W. Tozer’s little book, The Pursuit of God, that discusses the importance of yearning for God: 

"I want deliberately to encourage this mighty longing after God.  The lack of it has brought us to our present low estate.  The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire.  Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth.  Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.  He waits to be wanted (p. 17)." 

Our desire, our yearning, will shape our choices in life, and the choices we make will determine the sort of person we become. 

How might your relationship with God change if you were to recognize that all that you desire is rooted in a deep longing that only God can fulfill?  Imagine prayer undertaken not out of a sense of duty or obligation, but as a response to the deep longing that God expresses for us.  How would it be to pray to God as lover rather than as Creator or Ruler? 

“We become what we yearn after,” Gandhi said.  What might we become if we yearned after God with our whole hearts, if we desired God with our whole selves – body, mind and spirit? 

Scriptures: 

"As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for You, O God." (Psalm 42:1) 

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.  My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.  On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.  Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:1-8) 

Prayer: 

Lord, our hearts yearn for You.  We realize that apart from You we are nothing.  You complete us.  May we never become satisfied with anything or anyone else, except You.  Amen.

Hunger and Thirst 

Yesterday, in the twilight of waking up, part of a song and scripture from a while ago was stirring inside me, "for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled, shall be filled, shall be filled."  (Matthew 5:6) Then I sensed the Lord ask me what that meant to me? 

Have you ever been so hungry or thirsty that the thought of eating anything appealed to you?  I know I am guilty of eating "junk" in order to be momentarily satisfied.  I know it's not good for my body, but I eat it anyway because it tastes good.  Then later, I am filled with regret and shame that I was weak. 
  
Well, God's word is not like that.  You eat it and it tastes so good and it sustains the body, soul and spirit.  Even better, there is no regret or shame, just life! 
  
The thing about hunger and thirst is that the body or soul is going to be satisfied one way or the other.  We have the freedom to choose what we are going to eat or drink.  Let's all taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8)