Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sick Person in Need of Help!

Too many people look in all the wrong places, trying to find something that will satisfy their needs and longings.  Some things we don’t need to bother with can give us good feelings, and we may get deeply connected with some very harmful habits.

But the good feelings don’t last, and that’s because only closeness to God gives that rich, satisfied feeling.

Overindulging in alcohol or drugs or even food, for example, is not a sickness itself, but addiction is--and also a symptom of affliction of the spirit. The real malady is isolation from God, a deeper-than-the-bones soul sickness. He satisfies “more than the richest feast.”

Psalm 63 says it well—David was in the wilderness, thirsty, lonely and needy:

O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!

I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.

I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.


Scott Haas said...

That's good. I will be reading Psalm 63 for my morning quiet time tomorrow.

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