Saturday, January 11th, 2014
THIRSTY FOR GOD! PSALM 42:1
Today I want to share with you some thoughts of C.H. Spurgeon on this text.
Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a British pastor and preacher. Known as the “Prince of Preachers”, it is estimated that in his lifetime, Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people. Spurgeon was the pastor of the congregation of the New Park Street Chapel (later the Metropolitan Tabernacle) in London for 38 years.
Psalm 42:1. As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after the, O God.
Debarred from public worship, David (the author of this psalm) was heartsick. Ease he did not seek, honor he did not covet, but the enjoyment of communion with God was an urgent need of his soul; he viewed it not merely as the sweetest of all luxuries, but as an absolute necessity, like water to a stag. Like the parched traveller in the wilderness, whose skin bottle is empty, and who finds the wells dry, he must drink or die—he must have his God or faint. His soul, his very self, his deepest life, was insatiable for a sense of the divine presence. As the hart brays so his soul prays. Give him his God and he is as content as the poor deer which at length qucnches its thirst and is perfectly happy; but deny him his Lord, and his heart heaves, his bosom palpitates, his whole frame is convulsed, like one who gasps for breath, or pants with long running. Dear reader, dost thou know what this is, by personally having felt the same? It is a sweet bitterness. The next best thing to living in the light of the Lord’s love is to be unhappy till we have it, and to pant hourly after it—hourly, did I say? Thirst is a perpetual appetite, and not to be forgotten, and even thus continual is the heart’s longing after God. When it is as natural for us to long for God as for an animal to thirst, it is well with our souls, however painful our feelings. – C.H. Spurgeon
Now let me share my thoughts with you.
John 4:13-14 – “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
No matter how many bottles water you drink today–tomorrow you will be thirsty again. Isn’t it amazing and wonderful that the living water that Jesus gives our soul PERMANENTLY QUENCHES OUR THIRST! What Jesus give the one who repents and asks Him into his/her heart and life is a perpetual spring of grace and truth.
Psalm 100:5 says, “For The Lord is good: His mercy is everlasting, and his truth endures to all generations.”
In John 7:38, Jesus says, “He that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
The beauty is this river of life that Jesus has promised us will never dry up, cannot be dammed up and through each of us His believers will branch off and flow forever into every region of every nation on earth. Your great-great grandchildren can drink from the fountain that started in you! There is no limit to what God can do through you when you… GET THIRSTY!!
God bless your day 6! – Pastor Steve
Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
Prayer Point: show me how to love unconditionally
TODAY’S PERSONAL PURSUIT
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Randy has been a youth pastor, senior pastor and planted new churches. His latest pioneer church was in Florida, after which he moved to Northwest Arkansas with his wife, Tammie. He has preached numerous revivals and taught classes and lead seminars with an emphasis on spiritual warfare and personal accountability. He is a faithful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He has a passion for the truth of God’s Word, a deep hunger for the move of the Holy Spirit in every life and a whole-hearted compassion for the troubled and hurting.
To Pursue God
The dictionary says that to pursue is the “act of chasing or striving”. Do you remember when you were young and played chase or hide ‘n seek? After being tagged “it”, you did all you could to catch or find someone. When playing chase, you ran as hard as you could to catch the other person. When playing hide ‘n seek, you looked everywhere you could, as fast as you could, to find someone. Nothing was going to slow you down or stop you from getting someone else.
This is what we should be doing for God – chasing Him as hard and as fast as we can. We should be looking for Him everywhere we can. We should put the same kind of effort into chasing or pursuing God as we did when we played those games. God wants us to pursue Him. Luke 11:9 says that if we seek Him, we would find Him. Unlike the game of hide and seek, God is not hiding. He wants to be found. We just have to seek Him!
– Randy McKinney
Bro. Dean Chaffin has been released from St. Luke’s hospital in Kansas City and is already home by the time your read this! Doctors told him his heart has improved from working at 20% to 35%! God is good!
Prayer request: Trionna Frazier, Donna Frazier’s daughter, had a stroke and has undergone surgery to remove clots at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO. She is paralyzed at this point on her left side. Please pray for complete healing and reversal of paralysis.
– God bless – Pastor Steve