Tuesday Devotional: Psalm 63

bible1 You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched 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.
I will be fully 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.
I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me.

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
    they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
    and become food for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
    all who swear by God will glory in him,
    while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

A relationship with God will always be grounded in two behaviors: a desire for more, and a fear of less.   We all have cravings.  There are moments in our days when we absolutely must have something.  Cravings arise out of an expectation to be satisfied.  We crave because we feel that we need.  We feel that we need because we feel dissatisfied.  It is in satisfaction that we find the pleasure that we ultimately crave.  We are not allowed to “like” the gospel of Jesus. The gospel of Jesus must either lead one to love and crave Him without ceasing or to hate and utterly reject all that he stands for.  A relationship with God confronts our predictable limitations while revealing and glorifying His perpetual steadiness and strength.  A relationship with God produces a steady stream of consistent reminders of his wisdom, providence and power, as a result of which one arrives at a place where life is simply not possible without him.  A relationship with God leaves us needing nothing else and nothing less.

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