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Thirsting For God’s Presence

The Psalmist, in the Book of Psalms, talks about thirsting for God during his time of trouble. He compares his longing for God to the longing of a deer, who, during a time of great thirst, pants for the water brooks to quench his thirst.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1-2 NASB).

As he lays in exile, oppressed by the enemy, the Psalmist feels as if God has deserted him. His enemies revile him and chomp at him with their teeth, saying, “Where is your God?”

Meanwhile, the psalmist’s soul is in mourning as he remembers the time when he went along with joy and thanksgiving into the House of God to spend time with the Lord. That was a time of refreshing for him, and he longs to be able to appear again in the presence of God. He’s thirsting for God.

I can understand the Psalmist’s thirst for God. I too have a longing (a thirst) for the presence of God.

My soul deeply longs for God’s presence. I am longing for a move of God in the earth (and in my spirit) like we’ve never experienced before. We need revival. Our souls need to be rejuvenated.

I’ve noticed a lackadaisical spirit, a sort of growing detachment from God, in the people of God. You go into a lot of churches and the services are dead; there is no anointing there; the churches are lukewarm at best.

It seems like we have lost our passion for God. Our worship lacks passion.

Sometimes it appears as if we are just going through the motions, but our hearts are not really in it. This makes me sad. And imagine how God must feel. I know it must break His heart.

Has the church left our first love?

Have we become distracted by the cares of this world?

Do we spend time with God during the week in prayer? Reading our Bible?

Are we cultivating a relationship with God?

I believe that our worship is a reflection of our relationship with God. Pure worship comes out of a heart that is devoted to God. Out of a revelation of who God is, through the study of His word.

My soul is hungry — thirsting for the presence of God. I find myself praying ALL the time for a move of God, that God’s Shekinah glory would dwell in our midst.

The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3).  God is waiting for us to praise Him from the depths of our souls.

There used to be a time when I feared death. I feared dying physically because death was scary to me. But now, I no longer fear physical death because I know that when I die I have a home awaiting me in Heaven.

But what I do fear now, is dying spiritually. I think that spiritual death is the WORST death for a believer. Why do I say this? Because, to be a Christian for years and years and to never have grown spiritually is like living with a spiritual deformity — never progressing into the fullness of God’s will for His people; never advancing and measuring up to God’s standards for us.

The Bible says in Revelation 13 that because the church at Philadelphia was lukewarm, and neither cold or hot, God would spit them out of His mouth. Lukewarmness is an abomination to God.

We must return to our first love. We need to put away the distractions and refocus our energies on God. We should have a longing (a thirsting) in our souls for God and His presence in our lives. The Bible says that in the presence of God is the fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

Are you lacking joy? Seek His presence, where you’ll find joy. If you seek Him, you will find Him. If you hunger and thirst after righteousness, you will be filled. If you long for Him with a pure heart, He will show up and refresh your soul.

Deer I’m thirsty. And just like the deer is refreshed by the water brooks, our souls are refreshed by God’s presence. We need that “living water” springing up in us into a well of life!! Pray for God’s presence.



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