Thursday, June 1, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

A Thirst for God

Jesse Samuel

St. Andrews MTC, NY

42:1 “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.”

 Psalm 42 is the opening chapter of the second book of Psalms, where we find prayers for rescue, worship, a confession of sin, and an overall encouragement to trust God. This particular psalm is one displaying a thirst for God. When you feel lonely, remember to meditate on God’s kindness and love.

    As the life of a deer depends upon water, so our lives depend upon God. Those who seek Him and long to understand Him find eternal life. Feeling separated from God, the author of this psalm would not rest until he restored his relationship with God because he knew that his life depended on it.

    As the passage continues, verses 5 & 6 convey a sense of depression, sadness; “Why are you downcast, O my soul? (verse 5). The writer of this Psalm was clearly discouraged because he was exiled to a place far from Jerusalem and could not worship in the temple. Depression is one of the most common emotional illnesses. When we feel depressed, it’s important to mediate on the history of God’s goodness to His people. This will take our mind off the present situation and it will focus our thoughts on God’s ability to help us. Do you thirst for God?

PRAYER

"Dear Lord, help us remember what a difference it makes when we make time with You a priority in the morning. Awaken us in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance and wisdom as we prepare to start the day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

“By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me - a prayer to the God of my life” - Psalm 42:8