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Thirsting for God



By Benjamin H. Liles

O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. ~ Psalm 63:1

If we only turn to God when things are going great, how well would we do when we seek Him in those times? God isn't Someone that can be used every once in a while. It brings to mind another psalm King David wrote, "As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?" (Psalm 42:1, 2, HCSB). For our lives to be changed we ought to desire Him above all else: morning, noon, and night. To talk and walk with Him means giving Him all our burdens. Abraham was a friend to Him living out his faith with the Lord, so did David as we can see. 

God designed us so that we have access and fellowship with Him. Paul wrote that "Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God" (Romans 3:19). Why? Because for us to do right and be made right with Him it means we do those things that honor Him and show we obey Him. We can't just want fellowship with Him when we want to. That's not what life is with Him. A fish can't live without water. A cat can't live in the water. It's the same with us. We can't live our life without the Everlasting God who made us for eternity with Him and the Son. We need to put off sin and its effects and be His, every day.