The House voted to reaffirm that our motto is “In God We Trust.” Some folks thought it a frivolous vote. I thought it to be a start in the right direction. I thought it to be a good reminder. In these times, I thought it to be appropriate.
Have you ever found it necessary to remind yourself where your hope lies?
Why do I say it is a good start? Because hopefully where the mouth goes the heart will follow. Perhaps where the mouth goes is an indication of what is going on in the heart. Either way, it’s a good thing.
Where exactly do we need our hearts to follow?
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; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. 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. My soul shall be satisfied as 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. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Has your soul ever thirsted for God? Have you ever longed to be closer? The heading of this Psalm says that this is a Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. David wanted to witness God’s power and glory as he had in the past.
Whenever you have an encounter with God where you feel very close to Him, you will long to be there again. For whatever reason, we don’t typically stay in that place of closeness all the time. I would say that there are times when we seek God harder, and when God chooses to let His presence be more real to us.
When you are in that dry desert, try spending more time in the Word and in prayer. Do sing praises to God. Be encouraged that that desert does not last forever.
Do pray for revival for our country. Pray that we will do more than confirm a motto. Pray that we will seek God.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Today’s challenge is to ask yourself if your soul has ever thirsted for God. Why or why not? We all have times when we feel closer to God. Do you feel as close as you could be? Have you ever stopped to consider what it would feel like to move closer? Pray for God to draw you closer to Him. Seek God’s presence in your life. Continue to pray for revival for our country. Pray that the feet of our leaders follow their vote to confirm the motto. Pray that it meant something, and that it was not just a gesture.