Midweek Wake-Up, November 28th, 2018
I wonder if at the undercurrent of much of our thoughts each morning as we awake is the struggle between what I want and what I most need. If you’ve never wrestled with this, then I simply invite you into the anguish of my own soul this morning. Each day the voices cry out to us declaring what we want, even those things that appear good and right. We want good health, we want things to go well for our children, we want to see God do signs and wonders in our midst, we want to see God at work, we want our financial situation to be more stable. And the list goes on.
And into this comes David’s prayer in Psalm 63 where he writes in the opening lines: ‘O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you’. David prays to know that God’s love is better than life itself. That is a cry of what he needs as opposed to what he wants.
Upon pondering the many earthly gifts that would display the steadfast love of God, and the goodness of God, he acknowledges that the God who loves him is better than all his wants, those things that are blessings from God.
Asaph prays in Psalm 73, ‘whom have I heaven but you? There is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever’. If all good things are lost, Asaph will still rejoice, because he’ll still have God.
NSC, the one thing that can never be taken from us is God, the very one we need. I invite you to pray with the psalmist this morning, that we would know that God’s love is better than life itself and that we would desire nothing besides God. And may this have us enjoy the gifts from the giver in greater ways, as we delight in being a child of God!