The longings of my heart

Thirsty heart“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Ps. 42:1,2 (NIV)

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In today’s verse, we find the Psalmist writing about a deep longing within his soul. He is first of all aware of his longing and secondly recognizes that the object of his longing is God. If we honestly look within, each of us will find that God has made us with a deep longing for Him.

In his autobiography Surprised by Joy, C.S. Lewis writes about this longing.

“The sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable secret. And surely, from this point of view, the promise of glory, in the sense described, becomes highly relevant to our deep desire. For glory meant good report with God, acceptance by God, response, acknowledgment, and welcome into the heart of things. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.”

This longing is real and should be the foundational motivation for all we do for Him. Out of this longing should arise our love for Him, our desire to follow Him, and our desire to please Him.

Unfortunately, in our busy and distracted world of medicine, we rarely get in touch with this deep longing. Even to consider this longing seems like talking about something on the other side of the moon.

But the echoes of this longing are there…deep within.

They are present in our disappointments, our drivenness, and in our desire to achieve.

This longing is like a bright light within us that becomes diffused by the many cares and concerns of our visible world. We are walking through a fog in which this light is dispersed so widely that it becomes impossible to find its source.

We simply perceive longing without being able to correctly identify it as a longing for Him.

Consider spending some time meditating on what your heart is panting for.

Prayer: Lord, reveal to me the deep longings of my heart.

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