Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Scripture: Psalms 63:1

Hectic American life can be devastating to having an intimate relationship with God.  So many things demand our time and energy – deadlines, appointments, TV, social media – to name just a few.  Actually... that’s not quite accurate is it?  Those things have no power over our time unless we give it to them; but the problem is we do just that.  Read the verses above again though.  Look closely for any indication that David’s thirsty soul or fainting flesh would have been satisfied with Facebook or watching a ballgame.    
            The truth is that the deep, unfulfilled longing all humans beings experience can only be filled by God.  That is the way He designed us.  Efforts to plug the hole with “stuff” only lead to stress and dissatisfaction.  As you read and feel the earnestness of his words, understand that this type of desire and abiding love was not something peculiar to David.  We not only have the opportunity to have the same intimacy with our Creator, God actually desires this type of passionate devotion.  So how does it happen? 
            If we are patient, continually waiting upon Him, pouring out our hearts to Him and listening for His voice to us, we will learn that we need no other fulfillment than God.  The more time we spend in His presence, reading and treasuring His Word, the more we will find that intimacy is growing and that His presence is becoming an ever-increasing joy.  Simply put, a lifelong quest for intimacy with God should drive the Christian's existence.
 “We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God.  He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.”  A.W. Tozer
Daily Prayer:

O God, thank you for loving me.  Thank you for allowing me to know you and have a relationship with you.  Grant my soul a stronger desire for a deeper, fuller relationship with you.  Allow me to be ever-hungry and ever-thirsty for your presence.   Give me a longing than can only be quenched by spending time with you and your Word.  I pray that you would give me profound and practical encouragement as I seek to truly delight in you. Amen.
Daily Challenges:

×        Read Psalms 63
×        Schedule an hour within the next few days to spend just in prayer

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