Going Deeper 3/20/2019

The Psalm for Lent 3...
Psalm 63:1-8   O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, 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.  So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.  My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.  My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Do you thirst for God?  Lent is a season of thirsting for God... longing for His grace and His presence.

It is a sad reality that we humans tend to only thirst for God during times of trial and difficulty.  We do well to develop a spiritual thirst that is part of our new reality as children of God, so that we long for HIm even when we are not "in a dry and weary" place.  That's one of the reasons it is so important to develop a true "devotional life," setting aside time each day to prayerfully focus on God's word and on His promised presence.  We cannot fully live without an awareness of God's presence.

The world is full of distractions.  It might even be said that the devil is in the distractions.  Perhaps that is why Jesus pointed to riches as being dangerous for His children.  Wealth can put us in a position where we can afford all the best distractions that money can buy.  When we are tired or beaten down, we can afford to cushion or distract ourselves with any of a large choice of activities.  But what we really need is to cry out to Jesus and find our peace and rest in Him.

God's "steadfast love is better than life."  Ponder what that means.

I hope and pray that the Holy Spirit of God will bless us with thirst, inspiring and empowering us to not look to the distractions of the world but instead to seek after God... so that we might sing for joy under the protecting shadow of His wings.

With You in Him,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."