Every single one of us is looking for comfort. We are all looking for security in this life. A place of solace. We work hard to make homes with walls. We then work to fill those homes with things that soothe us and project to those who might see, who we are and what we’re all about. Or maybe, we look for that balance in our work. Maybe… we’re making a difference. Or maybe we are looking for that peace in busyness. Never stopping to feel the pain or see the truth coming. And the truth is… it’s all a security blanket. It is a false sense of hope that only last for the moment you’re in.
Spending time in God’s Word this morning in the Book of Psalm I stumbled upon a familiar passage that spoke loudly into the ear of my heart.
We all want more… and the fact of the matter is, many of us don’t know why the big empty of our lives is never filled with the accumulation of things. We’re still looking… looking for happiness… for the spark… for that something that makes us whole and brings us peace.
Verse 4 expresses a peace and satisfaction I know I long for that this world… possessions… achievement… fame… all that is temporary can never provide me. I think many of you may feel the exact same way. It is very much like the U2 song, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” We feel the terror of life without hope. We hold fear of the unknown in our hearts.
The God of the Bible provides not only a way back to His presence through the life, death and resurrection of His One and Only Son. He also provides a satisfaction, a peace and a delight in His presence that cannot be expressed by words.
The Lord is my light and salvation – whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh,
When my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
Though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will keep me save in His dwelling;
He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me;
At His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek His face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide Your face from me, do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior.
Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me,
Breathing out violence.
I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
My Prayer: Lord, I pray for a longing for nothing else but to know your presence in my life this day and every day that follows. Let my hearts cry be to seek Your face and to know you more, so that I would find my hope, my satisfaction, my peace, my desire, my all and all in You and You alone. Amen.
Paul is a Christ Follower. He has been married to his beautiful wife Rebecca for twenty-four years. They have two beautiful children, a dog, two cats and a turtle. They love being together as a family and doing the adventure that is ministry. They love the outdoors and enjoying God's creation.