At the last Woman Cry Out conference, Pastor Nathaniel Bassey taught us a song that has now become a favorite of many, especially in our church, Mercyplace. The song says:
“You’re the longing of my heart
Desire of my Life
Sweetness to my Soul
Jesus my All in All”
No doubt it has a catchy tune to it, but after that conference, for some other reason than the tune, it stayed with me. There and then I didn’t just want it to be a nice song with great lyrics and a catchy tune; I wanted to be the character of the song itself. I wanted it to be real to me. It wasn’t that I went off in prayer but deep down I needed this....hmmm.
One night I was laying in my bed and carelessly looking for a scripture to take with me into the night as I slept. This is what I stumbled on:
Psalm 63: 1(NKJV) - O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
This is how the Message version translates it:
God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary desert.
David wrote this when he was in the worst of situations that very few of us today can say we have experienced (a puny few). David was a man who knew what it meant to live under pressure – pressure of leadership, pressure of problems (both self-induced and externally-induced) and pressure of family. His son Absalom led a rebellion against him which forced him and his followers to flee for their lives. During that period, David spent sometime in the northeastern portion of the wilderness in Judah before crossing the Jordan. It was in that barren land, feeling disgraced and ashamed that he penned Psalm 63. In the midst of the darkness and dryness, David’s soul knew what it needed – God!
2 Corinthians 4:8 (NLT) - We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair
Let’s talk about needs. The situation in our country today (forex rates, rising prices, dwindling economy, terrorism, collapse in values, etc.) seems to be pressing us on every side; demanding our anxieties and worries; renting space in our minds. Adding to that is the fact that we human beings are bundles of appetites and desires; wanting many things, actively involved in bustle that will not get us anywhere. However these in themselves are not the real issues. The real misery is that we are hungry and thirsty inside but do not know what it is that we are thirsty for. We invest our energy in dealing with all these pressures thinking we are satisfying our hunger and thirst. We do not understand what that thirst means nor what will quench it. Interestingly, our innate appetites do not miss this; when we are physically thirsty we know to drink water (or coke for some people), and when we are hungry we know to eat food. When we are tired and drowsy, we sleep. At this level, we get it! At a higher level however, these natural instincts fail to reveal to us the Source from where true satisfaction can be drawn from.
Psalm 63: 8 (KJV) - My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
The soul that knows what it needs will thirst after God. If you are not thirsting after God then you do not know what the true need of your soul is. David understood this very clearly. Did he not have physical problems also disturbing his soul? Yes he did. But he did not make the mistake of thinking that earthly longings could satisfy a heavenly desire.
If you or I were under the kinds of pressure David faced at this point in his life, would we write songs? If we did, what kind of songs would we write? Psalm 63 shows us that David’s priority was God. His longing was for God’s presence, fellowship and his confidence in His salvation. This is an emotional Psalm (the kind of emotional I’d like to be) coming from David’s core.
No matter what pressures come into your life, you will be able to handle them properly if you maintain this one priority above all else: Earnestly seek after God!