Psalm 42:1-2 Who Do You Want To Spend Time With?

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As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2 

Most people have a special friend that they love to spend time with. They look forward to time together. The newly married couple are always seeking to be together. While one is at work, they are thinking constantly about each other and cannot be separated, unless it is absolutely necessary.

This can also be seen in the business world. There are certain business men or women that people would love to spend some time with. They want to learn from that person and gain their knowledge or experience. Some will spend thousands of dollars just to be able to spend a few minutes with a person.

The writer of this psalm talks about a panting desire to be with God. He is thirsting as a deer thirsts for water to spend time with God. He wants to be in God’s presence.

While spending time with people can be good, there is one who is better to spend time with. People can provide some temporary help or comfort, but God can provide for eternal help and comfort.

In church there are many people who believe in God, but He is not the center of their lives. He is not what they seek and want the most in their lives. They are busy with other things in their lives.

The picture of a deer panting for water is one of who is desperate for water. It is one of life and death. Without water, one will die, it is needed.

The same is with God. God should be the most important person in one’s life. So much so that without God, one would feel as if he would die.

There may be many things in your life that you would like to have. Some of which you may think you need to have. However, the most important thing to have is God in the center of your life.

Spending time with God should be your greatest concern in your life. Stopping the rest of life to be with God should be a common scene in your life. Without God, you will make poor choices, you will be weak, and you will lose the battles in this life.

With God you will have joy, peace, strength and comfort for everything. What are you desperate for today?

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will desire to spend time with God; that you will know God’s presence in your life daily; and that God will be the center of your life. 

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Psalm 12:6 The Flawless Words Of God

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And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. Psalm 12:6 

Years ago there was a commercial that always ran about the investment company, ‘E. F. Hutton’ that always said: ‘When E. F. Hutton speaks, everyone listens’. People loved to hear him speak, because it appeared that when he said to invest in something, it always made money. He was all about making more money, so people hung onto his words.

Along with him, there have been many other people who people hang onto their words. It is as if the person speaks perfect words. Some of those people often don’t even really know what they are talking about, it is just that they are some big celebrity.

David started off this psalm with the idea that most people are liars. In this verse he points out that God’s words are flawless, perfect. They are like purified silver and refined, pure gold. They are to be something sought after and treasured more than anything else.

Money, silver and gold has value in this world, but each are only temporary and can fail. God’s words are perfect and will never fail and are more valuable than gold that has been refined to perfection. It reveals God and His will for each and every person.

Often believers have God’s word sitting on a table at home, collecting dust and never being opened. They choose to not read and study His word. They don’t see the value in His word.

Believers need to seek to know God through His word more and more. His word needs to be sought after as many seek after gold and riches. It can guide and direct a person in this life to prepare for eternity. Just as one can never get enough money, one cannot get enough of God’s word in his life.

Take time each and everyday to read and study God’s word for your own life. Find the extreme value in knowing God’s word for your life. God has something to tell you each and every day from His word if you will let Him by reading it.

Don’t just read this short devotional blog and call it enough. Take time to read the entire chapter or book each day. God has something of high value for you. Seek His word more than you seek after gold or the temporary things of this earth. God’s word is eternal.

I pray today that you will have a hunger to know God’s word; that God will reveal more of Himself to you through His word; that you will see God’s purpose for you in His word; and that you will see the value of God’s word to you. 

Exodus 20:17 Do Not Covet

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“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

One of the most common sins, is greed, or wanting what someone else has. This has been the case since the beginning of mankind with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and the fall of Satan from heaven. Satan coveted what God had and so worked to deceive Adam and Even. Who, then, coveted what God had and disobeyed God in order to attempt to get it.

The economy of many nations revolves around coveting things. Advertisements are made to make it look like everyone has an item and everyone who does not have that item must get it, because it is the best thing on the earth. People are made to look like they don’t have it all if they don’t have what their neighbor has.

People desire to look just like their neighbor, so that they do not look so bad. If they are not driving the same style or better car, or have the same size house or bigger, then they are not worth anything.

They also want to look just like other people. They desire to have the same body look as some famous person. They are coveting what God has given or allowed someone else to have.

Coveting creates unhealthy desire and discontent for what one does not have. It creates disappointment in God, because He has not blessed the person with some item. It removes trust in God for what He has already given. It creates enmity with the neighbor, because of the desire to have something one cannot have.

There have been many believers who have fallen into this trap of coveting something. Even in the ministry, leaders covet the ministry or size of ministry someone else has.

Take a close look at your own life and see if you may be coveting what someone else has. You may not be acting upon the desire, but in your heart you are jealous of the other person and covet what he has.

Turn to God and trust what He thinks is best for you. Be joyful with what He has given you already. Don’t covet what your neighbor has been blessed with.

How content are you with what God has blessed you with?

I pray today that you will realize what God has already given you; that you will be content with what God has blessed you with; that God will help you not covet other people’s things; and that you will rejoice with others in what God has blessed them with.

Isaiah 66:1-2 Where To Build God’s House?

This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. Isaiah 66:1

There are times that it is difficult to purchase a person a birthday gift. They seem to have everything that they could possibly want. Looking at wealthy people, this even seems more so. Getting a gift for someone who has all they desire can be quite a challenge. A lot of it will depend upon the heart of the person. What does a person get the person who has everything that they want?

Most people do not have the problem of having so much that there is nothing left to possibly want. Nearly every person can think of several things that they desire. Most of those things will most likely be physical things, while some will also be non-physical things, such as peace, joy, happiness, or health.

One thing that many people will like, but not necessarily ask for is something hand-made or time with that person. This shows something that was made and given from the heart.

God is the one who has made the heavens and the earth. Since He has made everything that exists, He also owns it. Now God is looking for something. He is looking for a place to rest. This shows His heart’s real desire.

As a human being, you may wonder what can you give God, since He owns it all already. God created you to have fellowship with you. He wants to sit down and rest with you. Even though God made everything there is, He wants a place to rest and be still.

The place He desires is in you. It is in your heart and life. God wants to spend time with you. Of all the things that you can give God, this is the only one that God does not already have. God made your heart, but gave it to you. Now it is your turn to give it back to Him.

Allow God to make your heart His temple. This will be the best house and gift God can ever have.

Will you build a house for God today?

I pray today that you will dedicate your heart to God; that God will find a place to rest in your life; that your heart will be a welcome spot for God to live; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.

Psalm 42:1-2 What Are You Thirsty For?

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Where can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2

Anyone who has been in a desert climate for more than a few days, understands the value of water. This is especially true during the summer months. Go to the desert areas of southwestern Texas during the summer months, and the temperature will be over 100 degrees. There is usually no water to be seen for many miles.

The one in the desert will get extremely thirsty for something to drink. The mouth will be dry, and the tongue will stick to the top of the mouth. He will want something to drink and it does not matter. The endless list of possible drinks that are seen in a store will no longer matter, just something wet to drink.

When one has had lots to drink, it is easy to be picky about what to drink. In the restaurant, there are many choices, and one can be choosy then. However, in the desert, there is no time to be choosy or picky.

In life, there are many things to drink from. The world will tell you that you can drink from their celebrity status, or wealth, or fun things and will be satisfied. Think of every time you drink your favorite drink at a restaurant, how long does it quench your thirst? Only for a very short amount of time.

The only thing or one that can truly satisfy your thirst in this life, is Jesus. Jesus said that whoever drinks His water will never thirst again.

As a believer, you should be panting after God. Your mind should be focused on getting more of God. Just as the deer pants and longs for more water to drink. And as the person in the desert is panting some liquid to drink, you must be thirsty for more of God.

Make it your focus in life to drink of God. Take in what He has for you. Learn more of who He is. Desire to spend all your time with God. God will satisfy your greatest longings and desires, if you will let Him.

I pray today that you will thirst after God; that you will want God alone; that you will allow God to be your heart’s desire; and that you will know God in a personal way.