“As the deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the LIVING God.” -Psalm 42:1-2
This morning I sat in the chair of my bedroom, facing the backyard. As I cracked the windows, I welcomed in possibly the most beautiful day of the year. The wind came rushing through the opening and hit me with the most refreshing blow i’d ever known. I breathed it in and gazed at the sway of the trees back and forth, sitting in silent adoration of the God who has given me so much; ‘the mighty one who speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting’ (Psalm 50:1); the God who ‘makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust’ (Matt. 5:45). All at once, I identified with David’s calm waters and green pastures of Psalm 23 on a new level. The Lord indeed restoreth the soul. I was in want of nothing but him; I possessed nothing but had everything in Him. These lyrics flooded my mind as I pondered the riches of reconciliation to and friendship with the Almighty,
“The heavens can not hold you Lord, how much less to dwell in me? I can only make my one desire holding onto Thee.”
All was calm. I talked with my friend and He talked back. It was real and true. The presence of God crashed on me like a roaring wave with power and intimacy and experience. I worshiped. “Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, and he is to be held in awe above all gods. For all gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in his place. Ascribe to the Lord, O clans of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before Him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.” -1 Chronicles 16:23-30
God is a reality, not an idea.