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 4: Fear of God

Today’s topic in the Thirsty Soul series is the Fear of God. The past few days we have discussed thirsting for God, praising Him, and remembering what he’s done.

Why should we have a fear of God?

But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.–Psalm 63:11

You notice that David says sweareth by him, Deuteronomy 6:13 makes this a little clearer, “Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.”

Growing up, I always remember being told we should fear God and that didn’t make sense that we have a loving God, but we should fear him like he’s a big meanie. To fear God means to have a deep respect for Him. It’s like the relationship I have with my Dad. When I was younger, and my Dad and I wrestled around, he very easily could take me. As I got older, it was harder for him and now I would probably come out the victor in a wrestling match. So as a child I knew my Dad could physically harm me and there was a physical fear (even though he wouldn’t). Now I still fear my father, not that I’m worried about him physically harming me, but I respect his opinion and value his wisdom.

Our fear of God is the same, yes, God could physically harm us, yet he doesn’t. We should fear Him due to the fact that he created everything, including us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows how we will react to situations, even though we don’t know how we would react ourselves. He is the one that understands the universe and how it works, what holds it together.

We know that one day he will be the final judge of what we do. We will all have to give an account for what we have done and how we have used what we were given. To fear God is to realize we’re not the most important. Our pride and egos tell us otherwise, but God is the controller of all things. He can allow events to happen or completely stop them. We have no power over them. His will, will be done, even if we purposely try to counter it. Just as I feared my Earthly Father, due to the respect I had for him; I should fear my Heavenly Father for the same reasons and more.

When we fear God, we acknowledge we don’t know everything. In that we have humbled ourselves and put ourselves in a position to learn or to receive knowledge. That’s when we can start thirsting for God, because we then start wanting to understand what he knows. To gain his wisdom. Without fearing God, we will never have a thirsty soul for him.

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Thirsty Soul Part 3: Remembering God

In part 1 we discussed being thirsty for God and in part 2 we talked about praising God. Today we’re in part 3 of the Thirsty Soul series: Remembering God.

Remembering God

My soul shall be satisfied was with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.–Psalm 63:5-7

When the children of Israel were taken out of captivity and also in the wilderness, many times they would stray from God or when trouble came, they would start saying “does God not love us?” They would gripe to Moses that God had forsaken them, He had forgot about them and did not care about them. When we read these stories, we so often wonder how could they do such a thing when you think about all the things God had done for them in the past.

We are just like the children of Israel. We forget what God has done for us in the past. How he has taken care of us in troubled times. We so often think about only the now. We hear the phrase history repeats itself, well God repeats himself. Over and over he takes care of us. He provides for us and guides us through though times. Our human nature forgets that.

One time that I had backslid as a Christian, one of the things that helped me get back on track was remembering God, remembering the things He had done for me. It wasn’t on my own doing, the memories started flooding through my head.

I remembered how I walked away from several car accidents when I shouldn’t have. How one time my house as a child was surround by flames, taller than the house only a few feet away, but the house was okay. How I got pinned between a rack and a forklift, with the forklift pushing into me for some time, but I walked away only a little shaken. These are only a few examples of God’s work in my life. There are so many other examples of Him working in my life.

When I started remembering what God had done for me, my heart changed. My perspective changed. If we do not remember what our Lord has done for us, it is easy for us to think he has forgotten us, when we are in a tough time in our lives. We need to always remember the past and how He has provided and guided in our lives.

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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