February 11, 2015

Read: Psalm 63:1-3

The land where King David found himself was dry and weary. His soul was thirsty for a refreshing word from God, and his body longed for the rest only God provides. And, he earnestly sought after God.

When you are physically thirsty and worn out from service, struggle, or the mundane routine of life, where do you turn for refreshment? Do you do what is best and drink water? Or do you grab a cold can of Coke or a glass of sweet iced tea or lemonade? Each of those beverages are immediately refreshing, but is it really what our body needs?

What about when you're spiritually thirsty? Do you seek God? What about His presence? Do you long to know He's with you and you are with Him? His presence is reassuring, reinvigorating, and exactly what our mind, body and soul needs. Unfortunately, even though God is omnipresent, He is often the 43rd person I turn to in times of need, distress, and even celebration (which is quite a sad revelation).

"Refreshing" caffeinated beverages can meet our need for a moment, but what we really need is water.  Our spiritual need for the Living Water that our Lord Jesus offers us - His very life, His extreme love for us ... "is better than life." (v. 3) Join me as I intentionally seek His presence this week ... His refreshing omnipresence!


Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.