Our Relationship with God: Day Four

JANUARY 7TH, 2021      |      King David writes this Psalm in response to being exiled by a threat to his life from his son, Absalom. He is exiled in the far north of Palestine. His yearning is for the presence of God, but he also longs to return to the Temple in Jerusalem. He describes his longing like a deer longing for water in the midst of a prolonged drought. Have you ever felt that way? Can you relate to this kind of longing for His presence or for corporate worship and biblical community? In a sense, we too have been exiled by a threat close to home. The threat of illness from COVID-19 has kept many of us from gathering corporately for worship and from participating in biblical community. There is a longing and a thirst for the living God. I love the hope found in Psalm 42:8, “But each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life.” (NLT) Each day He pours out His love on you; each night a song of praise rises in your spirit and as you pray, talk to Him. He gives life to the dead place inside of you. Does your soul thirst for Him? If not, why not? Ask Him to create in you a longing and thirst for His presence. If you are still choosing to worship at home, you are not alone and you are not exiled!

Our Relationship with God: Day Four

Psalm 42:1-8

Psalm 42:1-8

King David writes this Psalm in response to being exiled by a threat to his life from his son, Absalom. He is exiled in the far north of Palestine. His yearning is for the presence of God, but he also longs to return to the Temple in Jerusalem.

He describes his longing like a deer longing for water in the midst of a prolonged drought. Have you ever felt that way? Can you relate to this kind of longing for His presence or for corporate worship and biblical community? In a sense, we too have been exiled by a threat close to home.

The threat of illness from COVID-19 has kept many of us from gathering corporately for worship and from participating in biblical community. There is a longing and a thirst for the living God.

I love the hope found in Psalm 42:8, “But each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life.” (NLT) Each day He pours out His love on you; each night a song of praise rises in your spirit and as you pray, talk to Him.

He gives life to the dead place inside of you. Does your soul thirst for Him? If not, why not? Ask Him to create in you a longing and thirst for His presence. If you are still choosing to worship at home, you are not alone and you are not exiled!

Responding to the Word

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you from God’s Word?  

How can you apply this to your life?

Prayer

Father, make us hungry and thirsty for Your presence and for Your people. Tune our spirits to sing songs of praise to You in a dry and thirsty land. Pour out Your lovingkindness on us and give us Your peace. My soul thirsts for . . .

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