Keep Yourselves From Idols

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.

–Psalm 63:1 (NKJV)

I started memorizing Psalm 63 yesterday.  I’ve loved this passage for many years, and it’s been on my list of passages to memorize for quite a while.  As I was meditating on the first verse while walking Buster early yesterday evening, I realized that there’s another way to look at that verse.  No doubt David was drawing upon his circumstances and compared His longing for God to being in the arid wilderness to which he had been forced to flee – and in that comparison, he paints a very clear picture of the desire of a man after God’s own heart.  And with that picture in the background, whenever I have pondered this passage, I have mostly thought: “Someday, I’ll long for God in that way.  Someday I’ll seek after Him like I would for a drop of water after being stranded in a desert for a few days.”  Because, if I’m honest, I don’t often feel that kind of urgency in my pursuit of God.

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A couple of C.S. Lewis quotes…

Looking for another quote, I came across this:

The pleasure of novelty is by its very nature more subject than any other to the law of diminishing returns. And continued novelty costs money, so that the desire for it spells avarice or unhappiness or both. And again, the more rapacious this desire, the sooner it must eat up all the innocent sources of pleasure. – The Screwtape Letters

Just one of many profoundly insightful quotes to be found in that incredible book!
And this:

Obedience is the key to all doors; feelings come (or don’t come) and go as God pleases. We can’t produce them at will, and mustn’t try. – Letters of C.S. Lewis

Easy in concept – difficult in practice…

The Thought of God, ch.3 – “The Still Small Voice”

I must have started this post a couple of months ago… it’s been a while since I’ve dipped back into The Thought of God, which is a shame, because it’s a great book! However, the fact that the book is made up of a series of articles makes it very easy to pick up again and read new material — or to review old material and finish old blog posts 🙂

I’ll try to refrain from quoting this whole chapter – as it is, I think I’ll be quoting quite a bit of it, so please bear with me. Roberts opens this article on “The Still Small Voice” (chapter 3) with this paragraph:

There is nothing about God’s being, nature, or ways which embarrasses us more than his gentleness. We readily think of power, majesty, greatness and sovereignty when we remember God. It is right and good that we should do so. These are all parts of his ways. They do not surprise or unman us because we expect them and are, in a manner, prepared for them. But God’s gentleness is somehow awesome and overwhelming to our minds. It catches us off balance and staggers us by its very wonderfulness.

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