So Thirsty...

“To him…to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen” (Jude 24-25).

God has so constructed us that we feel the need to offer praise to our God. Even as we are made to breathe air physically, we are crafted to give praise prayerfully. Just as God built into the framework of our being the need to speak to one another socially, we are so engineered that we need to speak to our God spiritually. You are created to worship God! This comes as naturally as a bird’s instinct to spread its wings and soar into the sky. In fact, those “who wait on the Lord (in worship) will mount up with wings as eagles…” (Isa. 40:31).

Marine Corporal Bob Banner became separated from his platoon during the invasion of Iraq in what became known as Desert Storm. He wandered in the desert for forty-eight hours hiding from the enemy, evading Iraqi scouts, and burying himself under the sand in evasive maneuvers. Finally, American soldiers who had reporters embedded with them were able to find him. He was recounting his story to the reporters and answering questions when one of the correspondents noticed how he was gulping down the water. The reporter commented, “You sure must be thirsty!” Corporal Banner replied, “You know what—I was so busy running, I forgot I was thirsty.”

Perhaps, we could say the same thing. We get so busy in our personal lives that we forget how thirsty we are for God. Let me remind you: Only worship can satisfy that thirst. The psalmist said, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God” (Psalm 42:1-2).

May we never neglect to gather with God’s people and drink from this fountain of life in the worship of our Lord. Neither should we forget what authentic worship is—

“Worship is communing with God in which believers, by grace, center their mind’s attention and their heart’s affection on the Lord, humbly glorifying God in response to His greatness and His word.” (Bruce Leafblad)

He is worthy and I am so thirsty… How about you?

See you Sunday in worship!

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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