Life often takes us through the weary place and the parched wilderness on this journey through life, where only God can provide the comfort and sustenance we desperately need, for He alone is our present help in time of trouble - Whose compassion and mercy towards us is new ever morning. How precious that as His children we can legitimately cry out: "O God, You are MY God."
It was David who penned this hymn of worship and praise as he trudged through the arid, waterless, Judean wilderness, devoid of friends, hunted by enemies and placed in an enforced exile from his people and homeland. But in simple yet beautiful language he compares his deep yearning for the Lord with a parched land that is dry and desolate, as he cries out to God: O God, You are MY God. Early will I seek You. My soul thirsts for You. My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land - where there is no water.
David was a man who had a passion for God and sought after Him with an eager intensity that we would do well to emulate, for we too are His people and we too the sheep of His pasture. We are His by creation and His by purchase - we are His by promise and His by permission. We are the people of God and He the God our salvation, through time and into eternity.
The Lord is the Redeemer of my spirit, the Lover of my soul and the permanent Resident within my body. He is the One to Whom I must fly in all circumstances of life and in every seasons of my earthly wanderings. And when I stray from His side I must quickly return and seek Him with my whole heart and covet His favour with my entire being.
Let us seek Him early and peruse Him earnestly, because His loving-kindness is better than life itself. Let us long for Him ardently and desire Him incessantly. . and cry out to Him day by day: O Lord, You are MY God. Early will I seek You. My soul thirsts for You. My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land - where there is no water.
O Lord my God, my Saviour, my All- in-all – my JESUS… Thank you that you are my God and that You are the living water of life that satisfies the longing of my heart in a dry and thirsty land – in Jesus name I pray AMEN.