Psalm 63:1 (HCSB)
God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You.
I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
This week many of us from Glen Meadows had the opportunity to serve at a Church in El Paso and the Rancho 3M orphanage in Mexico. It is always a humbling experience when we come face to face with wonderful people who are less fortunate than we are. Interestingly enough, what I found to be the most revealing was the joy that they had.
While at the orphanage I was reading Psalm 63. The words that immediately popped off the page was “dry, desolate and without water” …that is exactly how I would physically describe Guadalupe, Mexico…but not how I would describe the children’s hearts. They were beaming with joy.
Then I asked myself the question, “Why do I sometimes feel spiritually dry, desolate and without water?”
The answer that came to mind was my “gaze” ….who am I gazing on? Are my eyes set on God, and also in my praise… do my lips bring glory to Him?
Whether physically or spiritually, we all will experience rough conditions in our lives. Unfair or painful things will always exist the question is who will our gaze be set on and who will receive our praise? I once read, “we are always worshipping, the question is who or what are we worshipping?”
“So I gaze on You in the sanctuary to see Your strength and Your glory. My lips will glorify You because Your faithful love is better than life. So I will praise You as long as I live; at Your name, I will lift up my hands.”