I was excited to read about Perimeter Pointe’s “Thirsty” blog. I am honored to participate and hopefully my blog post will serve as encouragement for you to A.C.T. on your dependency upon the living God. I immediately began to think about Psalm 42:1-4 (ESV)
1. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 2. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3. My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” 4. These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.
As I read David’s Maskil, three things that we must do to set our faith and focus on Him jumped off the page and smacked me in the face. I am going to use the word A.C.T. as an acronym to help us remember those three simple things:
Acknowledge our need for Him
Chase His presence
Trust Him as our source.
We must A.C.T. on our dependency upon the living God if we are to stay “Thirsty,” like The Most Interesting Man in the world so often and convincingly challenged us to do in 2013.
The first is, Acknowledge our need for Him. Verse one paints a vivid word picture of this very truth. The key word is pant, meaning to long or crave. The deer pants for water as if it is dehydrated or finally stopping to satisfy a fundamental need that has been neglected because it has been consumed with trying to survive in the wild. Like the deer, we must acknowledge our need for flowing streams in the midst of our daily lives. However, our flowing streams are living waters. God is our living water. He is our source of life! We have an undeniable need deep within our souls that can only be quenched by God, the one that placed it there as a guide to lead us back to Him. This need is an intrinsic thirst that should lead us to the brook of life, which is our Savior. If we acknowledge our need for God as a means of survival, we can approach him without pretense as David did in the first three verses. Approaching God with a posture of holy desperation allows us to A.C.T on our dependency upon Him.
Secondly, Chase His presence. This Maskil accentuates the need to be in God’s presence. Check it out.
Psalm 42:2 (ESV)
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
You hear that? That’s the sound of desperation for presence… God’s presence. It’s like David is saying: I’m thirsty, Lord! I’ve tried everything else, but nothing quenched my thirst! Like David, we must chase His presence if we are going to set our faith and focus on God this year. David’s question is dripping with desperation. It demonstrates his posture of need and dependency. Need and dependency will force us to chase His presence, because in is presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). Our thirst is quenched in His presence. All of our needs are met in His presence. Our identity is confirmed in His presence.
Finally, Trust Him as your source. After acknowledging our need for Him, and chasing His presence, we need to trust Him as our source even in the midst of adversity. In verse four David reflects on a future hope with great anticipation of what is to come. If we A.C.T. on our dependency upon the living God, we will be well on our way to setting our faith and focus on Him for 2014!
Remember, stay thirsty my friends!
Sean Bynum, husband to Felicia and father to their four children, serves as lead pastor for Connect Church, a church plant in Raleigh, NC. He is passionate about impacting the city of Raleigh with the Gospel and equipping believers to be change agents in their community and their world. Follow him on Twitter @SeanABynum or learn more at connectchurchrdu.org.