Friday, November 11, 2011

Dry and Thirsty Land

 1O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
 2To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. 

Dry and Thirsty Land
Sometimes God has so gifted the psalmist that the words he wrote seem better than life itself. As David wrote these words so many years ago, we must marvel at how applicable they are to us today. In all of his life, no matter what difficulties he faced, David always turned to his first love, God Almighty. From his words we gain a sense of the depth of his love for God. In the very depths of his soul he thirsted and longed for God.

We live in a dry and thirsty land today; no matter where we may physically live on this earth, apart from God it is dry and parched, for only in Christ does the water of life flow freely. 

My husband and I enjoy watching old episodes of TV shows no longer being shown; it is our way to relax and enjoy some time together. Lately, I have been struck with the emptiness of the world's solutions to problems. The main characters, themselves a combination of good and evil, wrestle with the true meaning of life. However, apart from God, life has no meaning. 

You see, that is one of the dangers of even the old black and white TV episodes; life's problems were faced and resolved by the wisdom of the main characters, but nowhere did God have a part. So, the life presented lacked reality, because God does exist, and as Christians, we always have an Advocate in Christ.

The world today knows nothing about the joy and peace found in Christ. The words to psalms such as Psalm 63 have no meaning to those who have never known and had a personal relationship with God. But, as children of God, that is not true for us. We have been in the sanctuary of God; we have seen His power and glory, and have felt His love and peace wash over us even to the very depths of our souls.

That, dear friend, is the true meaning of life! Man, by his sin is separated from God, but Christ through His death and resurrection has re-opened the gateway so that man can again personally fellowship with God the Father. How amazing is that, that the God of all Gods, King of all Kings, and Lord of all Lords walks and talks with His children? He never leaves them nor forsakes them, but, through Christ, shepherds them all the days of their lives and then ushers them into heaven to live with Him forever!

Though we may live in a dry and thirsty land, Christ, the Water of Life, fills our hearts, our minds, and our souls with His love and grace. That is the reason we are here, and that is the news we must share with those who have no hope.

God Bless You,
Linda


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