April 22: earnestly seek (1 Samuel 25-26; Psalm 63; Matthew 9)

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)

The note in the TNIV suggests the word earnestly means literally “at dawn”. In other words, the first thing in my day, my first waking thought. If I were in a desert, that first thought would be water. Without water, it would be impossible to survive. What if my longing for God in this day is as one waking in a desert longs for water? Maybe the scripture is suggesting that is my longing as I awoke this morning. I thought it was coffee! But the Bible reminds me that there is a much deeper longing within me. I may not realize it, but the only way to satisfy that deeper longing is “You, God”.

I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

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