1You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water. (Psalms 63:1)
Happy Monday friends. It’s the beginning of a new week. We just came off the anniversary of one of the most important days in humanities history. 77 years ago, hundreds of thousands of men were waking up in a foreign land with a daunting task still ahead of them: retake Europe from the Nazi war machine. For those who initially took the beaches of Normandy, what a powerful sunrise that June 7 would have brought to them. I could not imagine the desperation those men must have felt to seek God and have His miraculous protection around them.
If you ever wonder why America emerged from World War II with such great conviction, it should be obvious. This great war tested the world like never before. Those fighting in the war saw the gruesome horrors capable of being committed by the hands of mankind and, I can only imagine, these men must have questioned where God was in such dark and lonely places. But it is in those moments of desperation that we must seek God the most, because He will always meet us there.
Despite America being at war in Afghanistan for the past twenty years, that war was never felt on the same scale as the country shouldered the burden of fighting the last Great War. Only a small percentage of young men stepped forward to fight extremism and attempt to better that country far, far from home. Once the sting of 9/11 wore off, we as Americans, went right back to being obsessed with wealth, entertainment, sports, and politics. Then COVID-19 happened and for a brief moment in our modern history, we were again reminded of our mortality and many sought God in desperation for fear of an invisible enemy.
Seeking God in moments of fear is not the time to seek God. Seek Him in your everyday, your moments of peace, there you will find Him and enjoy the greatest reward. And when you find Him in the everyday mundane, you will always know He is with you when the whole world seems against you. I know that I struggle to seek God in the everyday moments. Of course when I feel anxiety creeping in, or know that danger could be around the corner, I ask God for His miraculous protection. When I have a big, life changing decision to make, I seek God’s guidance, so I can feel much more confident with the choice I still ultimately must make. What I need to do is seek God in the in-between. I need to seek God in every moment of my existence, until my existence is in the eternal presence of God. Seek God when you wake up. Seek Him during your morning routines. Seek Him on your commute to work. Seek Him when your co-workers or associates begin to stress you out. Seek Him in every moment, in every breath. As David writes above, thirst for the presence of God. Thirst for the water that never runs dry. Seek God in this dry and parched land.
Click the image below to hear Shane & Shane perform a beautiful rendition of Psalm 63.
Reading plan: Romans 7
Deeper reading plan: Psalms 61-72