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.
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.
If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Job 9:33-34
A mediator is one who stands between two people who are opposing each other, in order to work something out between the two. It is always someone who can fully understand both sides of the argument.
It is common for people to get a mediator to help them solve disputes. The mediator will find some common ground between the two to build both up and bring them together.
Without a mediator, it can be very difficult for two parties to come to an agreement. Often they will not see the common ground, because both are so close to the dispute that all they see is their side and not the other side.
As Job was suffering and not understanding why he was suffering, he desired to have a mediator between him and God. He felt as though God was totally against Him and would not listen to him at all. Job thought that he was being punished for doing some wrong, while he could not remember doing any wrong. He needed help.
Every person has sinned against God and has a death penalty judgement placed upon them. In order to get out from under that death penalty, each person needs a mediator to stand between him and God.
God in His infinite love and wisdom knew that and provided a mediator. Jesus came to this earth to be the mediator between man and God. He would pay the penalty fees and present each person as pure and holy, no longer guilty. At that point a person can boldly approach God in all of His holiness.
Jesus can be your mediator between you and God. He is willing to stand between you and God and present your case. He has paid the price for your sins and made you holy unto God.
He can also give you peace when you are suffering and do not know why. Suffering is not always the result of personal sin. It can be the sin of others or the testing of God. Job had suffered, not because of sin, but because God was proving him, testing him.
Having a mediator will give you the needed peace that you are still in good standing with God. Go to the mediator God has provided and know God’s great love for you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know you can go boldly before God through Jesus; and that you will trust God’s work in your life.
You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, LORD, have become their God. 2 Samuel 7:24
People around the world have one thing in common that they want to feel wanted and needed. They want to have purpose in this life. In desiring this, people are always searching for purpose and need.
In order to find these things, people will do nearly anything they can. Often they are searching in the wrong areas. The search usually is finding people or things, which really do not solve the problem. In this process, they will often bounce from one thing to another or one person to another, not finding what they desire.
As David was beginning to be the new king of Israel, God appeared to him and stated He was with him and will establish him and his family forever as His. David praises God for making the people of Israel His very own.
Being God’s people is something that the majority of the world does not see or know the benefit of. It does not make sense to the world. They want something that they can feel and touch physically.
During the Old Testament, Israel was God’s chosen people. It was an exclusive group. However, when Jesus came, He opened this door to everyone. Any one who believes in Him are now a part of God’s people.
It was even brought further, not only are believers are part of God’s people, they also become a child of God, they become family with God. They are wanted, loved, and have a purpose. This becomes an establishment that lasts for all eternity. It does not change as seasons, or fashions, or trends, or anything else changes. God does not die off or move away as people do. The purpose is the same for all eternity–to love God and love others.
As you are walking through this life you need purpose. You need to feel wanted and desired. This can be found only in Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior. He is ready and willing to graft you in as His people and His family. You can be His child for all eternity.
God will never stop loving you or go away. God is always there for you. This is a firmer establishment than anything that this world can offer you. It will last for eternity.
How are you established today?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can be family with God; and that you will be established in God’s love and family.