Thirsty Soul Part 5: Routine With God

The past week I’ve discussed about having a thirst for God, praising God, remembering God, and having a fear of God. Today I want to talk about having a routine with God.

Having a routine with God

What I have talked about the past four days, I’ve talked about how to have a thirsty soul. The most important is to have a fear of God. We have that great respect for God theothers attributes (praise, thirst, and remember) of a thirsty soul will fall into place, most of the time.

There will always be times that we don’t feel like being with God. We are emotional creatures and at times it’s hard to feel like praising God. We may not feel like remembering what God has done for us. Doing something else seems more rewarding or we feel like being in a sulky mood.

That’s why we have to make a routine to spend time with God. If we have that time that we always spend with God, it makes it easier for us to thirst for Him even when our flesh doesn’t want to. We are creatures of habit, and having that trigger of this is the location I spend time with God or this is the time I spend time with Him makes it easier. It’ll be easier to praise him, it will be easier to remember what he has done for us.

Personally, I like to get up a little early before the wife does. The dog isn’t up yet, the house is quiet. It’s just God and I and I can focus on him better. It allows me to start my day with God. When I don’t take have my time with God in the morning, my day seems to sluggishly.

Doing a prayer journal is a great way to remember the things God has done for us and praise Him. Remember, when David wrote Psalm 63, he was on the run. He could have been sulking in his condition, but he chose to praise God. How much we can learn from David?

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Thirsty Soul Part 2: Praising God

In Part 1 on the Thirsty Soul series, I discussed how we need to be longing or thirsting after God, just as we thirst after water when we are extremely thirsty. Today we will discuss praising God.

Praising God

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.–Psalm 63:3-4

It’s easy to praise God when times are good. We thank him for our health, our house, our food, our money/job, our junk; and at the end say we praise him for how good he is to us. What about when our health is failing, paying the mortgage becomes hard, our money is tight, and we’re having to sell some of our possessions? Do we praise Him then?

The simple answer is probably not. I personally end up whining like a little child, because I don’t want to be uncomfortable, I don’t want to put my fate in God’s hands, but do life on my own.

Reality is, even if our life seems to be falling apart, we are still blessed. If you’re reading this, you have either a computer, phone, or tablet. That’s far better than many in this world. Most of us have the ability to use all of our limbs, we have access to healthcare facilities, and although we may not like what is in the refrigerator we still have food to eat. In just those items, we are extremely blessed and should be praising God for his blessings.

We should praise him for sending His son to die on the cross for us, so that we do not have to spend eternity in hell. No matter what else goes wrong in our life, even if everything in our life goes wrong; the fact that we do not have to spend eternity in hell is reason enough for us to praise God.

As mentioned, it’s easy to praise God in the good times, but we need to be mindful to praise Him during the bad times. Many times our bad times are being used to either strengthen us or shape us to be more like him.

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Thirsty Soul Part 1: Thirsting for God

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee, in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is–Psalm 63:1

Do we thirsting for God?

David was writing this while he was in the wilderness of Judah. During this time David was in an uncomfortable position. I’ve talked about this before, it’s good for us to be uncomfortable, because it draws us closer to God. (Check out my post on Don’t Run From the Difficult)

David here, in one verse, paints a picture of how much he desires God. We’ve all seen movies where some people are in a desert and they need water, they are craving it, to the point that they start seeing mirages of water on the horizon.

I’ve never been in a desert without water, but I remember playing sports growing up. Soccer always started in the summer at the beginning of August. It was always hot and humid, and it didn’t take much physical exertion to make it where my body started craving water. During the first weeks of practice we had to do a lot of conditioning, so we were running a lot. Our coach would only let us get drinks at certain intervals. At first I would start getting thirsty and think “I need a drink”. You would try to put it out of your mind, but you kept thinking about it. Then your mouth started getting dry. A little while longer you started feeling your body shutting down. (I’m actually getting a little thirsty now just writing about being thirsty) Finally, coach told us we would get a drink. We were exhausted from running, but we gave all the energy we had left to get to the water cooler. When that ice cold water hit my mouth, it was the most refreshing thing in the world.

That’s how we should thirst for God. We should contently want to be in his presence, in his word, and prayer with him. When we’re not, we should ache mentally, physically, and spiritually to be able to feel his presence again.

The question is do we? Are we thirsting for God, like David described? If I’m being honest, most the time I don’t like I should. I do when things are not going well, when there are troubles in life. It’s easy for us to go to God then. We (I) need to work on my thirsting for God, outside of the bad times.

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