In the Midst of Adversity
“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.” Psalms 63:1-8 NLT
Are you thirsty for God? Does your soul cry out in utter desire to spend a moment in His presence? Have you found yourself in a place and time where your whole body earnestly cries out for Him? Do you lie awake at night thinking of God? Do you commune with Him in the quiet of the early morning hours? The things of this life leave us longing and unfulfilled. Only God is our oasis! He is our refuge and strength, a present help in trouble (see Psalm 46:1). When we come to the end our ourselves, there we find Jesus! He is our Rock!!! He is so much more than what this life can offer!!! When life is "good" and we recall the times of refreshing that we have experienced in worship, we praise Him! However, the purest praise comes when we raise our hands up through the ashes of a dry and parched ground and exalt Him in the midst of adversity. Is your heart set on Him above all things? No matter what David went through, he praised the Lord! Let's do the same!!
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Rev. Curtis Norris