Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Meeting God in the desert


Psalm 63: 1-11 was birthed in the wilderness of Judah. David's son, Absalom viciously pursued his father, trying to kill him and take control of the throne. In the life-sapping heat, with everything on the line, instead of destroying him, the experience created within him an insatiable thirst for God. Read about his narrow escape from Absalom in 2 Samuel 15: 23, 28

Humanly speaking this does not make sense. Fear, stress, threats, danger, normally give way to high levels of toxic anxiety. David turns to God and earnestly seeks God in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Ps. 63: 1

What happened as he searched for God? He saw the power and glory of God Psalm 63: 2
He found the steadfast love of God to be better than securing his life. Psalm 63:3-4
As he meditated on God during the late hours of the night he found that God alone was his help. The threat of danger could not remove his joy. He simply rested in the shadow of God's protective wings and sang songs of praise. His secret was to cling to God Psalm 63: 8

Fully confident that God was with him, he could look at his enemies and confidently declare their defeat. Psalm 63: 6-11

Sounds like a fairy tale? Sounds like a polyannish view of life? Only if you have a limited view of God. How big is your understanding of God? A shallow view of God will weaken you.
The way to face the harsh realities of life is to seek God, cling to God while in the desert times of life; while the enemy is after you. It is then that you see the power and glory of God.

Lord, like David we are going through desert times right now. We are on the verge of giving up because of money pressures, sickness, family pressures, unemployment pressures and other fears. Forgive us for trying to solve our troubles without your power. We look to you; we cling to you. We are assured that you will help and uphold us. To you be all glory and praise. Amen