Encouragements for our troubled times No. 63
COVID-19 Series | Date: 03 June 2021
The Elders and Deacons want to encourage the members and those who regularly meet with us through this weekly letter. If you have news which you would be happy to share with the fellowship or request for prayer, then please let us know.
A message from our Pastor
““O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So, I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” ”
It’s time again for one of our two annual mornings of prayer. It’s a time that we should all look forward to and have penned in our diaries. A time when we can, as a Church, focus our prayers and seek the Lord’s blessing upon His people and work. But do we really value prayer and desire to seek the Lord and His blessing as David did?
“O God, You are my God.” David sought the Lord because He is God, and He is David’s God. He is none other than the One and Only, Almighty God of Heaven and Earth; the Sovereign Creator, Sustainer of all things. He is the One whose will is done in all His creation and the God of our salvation. This is the one whom David knows as his God. He knows Him personally and has a personal relationship with Him as his Heavenly Father. Therefore, David knows that his Heavenly Father can do exceedingly above all that he could ask or think. No wonder David sought the Lord early. He wanted to be in God’s presence with his prayers early. He wanted to lay them before the Lord from the very beginning. His God was the very first port of call not the last. Do we think the same way as David about our God?
“My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.” How descriptive these words are of David’s deep longing to seek out his God. He says he thirsts and longs for his God like a man thirsts and longs for water in the desert where there is no water. His soul and flesh long for Him; it is the only thing he can think about, and the only thing he wants. It is all-consuming. He has this deep, abiding, all-consuming desire to be in God’s presence and have the opportunity to pour out his heart to Him and seek His blessing. Do we thirst and long to be before our God with our prayers? If we knew the value of prayer and what our God can do for us surely, we would.
“So, I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” David looks for the Lord where he knows he will find Him, in the sanctuary. We, like David, are the temples of the Holy Spirit. We do not have to go physically to the sanctuary, all we need do is draw aside and meet with Him in our souls where we are ever before His face. And what does He long to see? His power and His glory. David knows that his God has all power to do all that he seeks and will make His glory known in all the Earth. If only we could grasp what our God could do for us, we too would seek Him out to see His power and His glory.