Sermon preached by Pastoral Intern Wasihun Gutema
Seeking And Being thirsty for God
Psalms 63: 1-8
One can see from this section that David was under pressure. While under pressure he set his priorities. His priorities were seeking after (v.1) and being thirsty for God. David had a problem from his son during his reign and uncertain documents depict that this part of the book of psalms was written sometimes when David was fleeing from his son Absalom.
While feeling his son, he came across a wilderness where he penned down this psalm. He was in the wilderness but not in a spiritual wilderness. He was connected to God even in a wilderness. We all are living in a pressure filed world. We all are having our own personal wilderness. It looks very difficult to look for God in the wilderness but David was craving for God in the wilderness. He says I seek for you (V.1).
We seek what is hidden or we seek what we need. Do we seek God? Is it because God is hidden that we seek or why does David say “I seek for you.” Seeking in this text is a reference to be in the presence of the face of the Lord. It means having access to God. God is omnipotent and cannot be hidden. God is always present and David was seeking a God who was present and in the presence of David himself.
David sought for God in the wilderness. The God that David worships is not the one who is occasionally present but the God that reveals himself even in the wilderness. The God that is omnipotent is always present in the wilderness of life that we encounter. Our wilderness is not an impediment to God. It invites God so that God intervenes in the worst situation that we face. Do we have the worst situation in our lives today? If we have, the Lord is going to intervene as he is omnipresent and there is no wall that blocks him. Any wall that tries to block God will be made flat. Is there any wall that tries? Is there any wall that we think is too hard? Our walls are too hard for us. Our walls always tell us that we remain in the wilderness and there will be no rain but God is omnipresent and he destroys our wall. God is omnipresent and we have access to him in the wilderness and he rains our wilderness.
It is quite unconvincing that one can be in a blessed territory and in a wilderness at the same time. But we all like David have a wilderness in our lives despite living in one of the richest country in the world. The wildernesses that we have in lives differ but we all have some sort of wilderness in our lives. Some of us have a wilderness of financial difficulties. Some of us may have health problems and we remain in the wilderness. Some of us have a rough life in our marriage. Some of us have a wilderness of life in our work place. David was in a wilderness physically but his spirituality was not. It looks like he was in a heavy rain of the presence of God. He was connected to the heavenly realm amidst wilderness. Wilderness for David was a place he had connection with God.
There are also Biblical examples that saw God in the wilderness. Hagar saw God in the wilderness (Genesis 16: 13-14). Moses saw God in the wilderness. Exodus 3: 1-4. Elijah saw God in the wilderness (1 Kings 19: 4-18). Most people who have followed God saw God in the wilderness of life. Wilderness is assolitude place where one cannot hear any voice except the voice of God. Wilderness is a hot place where one sees God and refreshed by the rains from heave. It is the place where the environment is insignificantly green but where one’s life is ever green from the presence of God. If we are in any wilderness situation today, we will be refreshed by the presence of God. We will be refreshed by the rains from heaven.
As I began my sermons I pointed out that David had pressures but set his priorities. David’s priority was seeking for God which means he set his mind on God. So is ours! We seek God. We set our mind on things above. We love God despite situations, for we believe that our God is beyond our situations.
David was not only seeking God but he was also thirsty for God (v. 1). God was his personal God and he had intimate relationship with God. To know God personally involves strong relationship. When we have relationship we always crave for God. We always need him in our lives. As we cannot leave without water, we cannot also leave without God. David knew that he could not live without God. He was thirty in wilderness. We all are thirsty in wilderness but to be thirsty for God is different. God was David’s living water in the wilderness. David was fleeing from Absalom and was far from the sanctuary in Jerusalem. Despite being far from the statuary, David knew that God was not bound to geography or a worship place thus he was thirsty for God believing that God satisfies his thirst (vs. 1-4). David was then (v.3) praising God in the midst of harsh situations. Let us be thirsty for God unlike our circumstances. People are thirsty for many things in the USA but I and you are called to be thirsty for God, a God that reveals himself in power and glory. Even if your situations are the worst and beyond your abilities in your measurement, I encourage you to crave for God that comes to your life beyond the situations. Amen!