Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 20th, 2017
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. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.
Psalm 63:1-2 (NKJV)
My Soul Thirsts
How wonderful it would be for each of us to sign our name to this declaration. The Lord is stirring up a hunger and longing within us. We serve a God who is worthy of all our desire. We long to see more of His power and glory.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. I wish I could report that the Charlottetown Conference of 1864 was a time of sober deliberations and long hours of meetings hashing out the Canadian nation. In fact, the conference was known as a drink-filled frolic, filled with more eating, drinking and dancing than meeting. There was one Father of Confederation, however, who did not partake in the drinking part of the event, however. Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley from New Brunswick was an ardent tea-totaller and a strong proponent of Confederation. He had served as Premier of New Brunswick until 1865 and following the union of 1867 he held a number of cabinet posts before being appointed Lieutenant Governor of his beloved province.
If any people understood the need for water to satisfy the body, it was the Israelites. They had spent 40 years in the wilderness and in many parts of the land that God had provided them, water was a rare commodity. Here in Canada we find it difficult to relate to a deep longing for water, but King David certainly understood. So he uses that longing to describe the longing in his soul for the Lord. In Psalm 63:1-3 he writes: “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. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.” I have visited parts of the world where the first task each morning is walking great distances to get the daily ration of water. David speaks to this when says that the first thing he experiences each day is a longing for God. And that longing continues, like a body needs water for its very existence. I wonder how many of us have that same spiritually longing for the Lord. The good news is that anyone who does will experience God’s righteous presence. Jesus used the same analogy when He spoke with the woman at the well, promising He was a source of water that would never run dry. That promise is for you today, as you long for Him.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’