The God of More

Thursday, December 20, 2018

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1 NIV)

As Christians, we are complete in Christ.  Our sins have been forgiven; if we die, we will go to be with the Lord; we have joy unspeakable; and we have an incomprehensible peace available to us.  So we should be content, right?  Yes, the apostle Paul did say that he had learned to be content whatever the circumstances (Philippians 4:11); but he also yearned, “That I may know him…”  (Philippians 3:10).

Someone could have said to the apostle, “Wait a minute, Paul, you do know him.  Jesus revealed himself to you on the road to Damascus and you have been serving him since and preaching the gospel wherever you go.”  Paul would have said, “Yes, but I want to know him better!  I want to be conformed to his image.”

This is not the only instance when we see a longing for more of God in the Scriptures.  In Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church, he wrote the following:  “Earnestly desire spiritual gifts” (1 Corinthians 14:1).  And in his first letter to Timothy, he said that it was a good thing when someone aspired to be an elder in the church (1 Timothy 3:1)—not to lord it over people, but to serve the body of Christ and fulfill God’s calling on their life.

David said, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1); but he also exclaimed, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you…”  In the same Psalm, he said, in essence, “Yes, I once experienced your presence, but because your love is better than life itself, I will continue to praise you as long as I live!”  This is certainly a person who is not satisfied with just contemplating his past experiences with God.  We shouldn’t be either.

Let’s not settle for what we know of God or where we are in Christ.  If we do, it can become a rut really quickly.  Instead, we have to reach for more.  We have to see more people won to Christ, in this Christmas season and in the new year!  If we’re teaching Sunday school, we have to ask God to help us do it better; if we’re singing in a choir, we have to sing our hearts out whenever we meet.  And we have to seek God!  After all, didn’t he say ,“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”?  The Lord never forces himself on anyone, but he rewards those who diligently seek him.

As long as we live, we should want more and more of God.  In fact, the greatest blessing we could have is to hunger and thirst for God and for righteousness; because his promise is that he will fill us (Matthew 5: 6).

Let’s pray:  Thank you, Lord, for every provision you have made for us in this past year.  We are content with what we have, and we are grateful; yet we yearn for more of you.  We rejoice in the fact that you are the God of more!  When we ask for streams, you give us rivers and oceans!  Help us to seek you and to bless your people like never before.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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