Going through spiritual wilderness
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. Psalm 63:1-5
There comes a point in our lives that we go through spiritual dryness. This is what David was expressing from our text. He was in a wilderness and was desolate. Yet he found it refreshing to realize that even in times of spiritual dryness, the more he should long for God’s presence. The wilderness is a place away from home, comfort and where you are susceptible to enemy’s attack. These are the things that could make a wilderness a troubling and trying experience. There are those that will tell you that you are not supposed to go through a spiritual wilderness when you are a child of God. Yet, we know that these times of spiritual barrenness are part of our Christian experience. David, though he was referred to by God “a man after my own heart” (Acts 12:32), he was not exempted from spiritual wilderness. But he knew how to respond when such times come. Instead of focusing on his wilderness, he focused on the presence of God. He wrote this Psalm when King Saul was after him. Though he showed King Saul loyalty by fighting Goliath on behalf of Israel, King Saul was jealous of his victory that he became a fugitive rather than to be celebrated as a victor. Instead of being overcome with despair, he called on God; “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.” He did not just call on God but he purposefully reminded himself of God’s lovingkindness and faithfulness. As soon as he recalled God’s working in his life in the past, he realized that he has nothing to fear in the present as well as the future. The God that took care of us in the past is the same God that continues to look after us. He is the same God who cared for us and promised that we can come to Him with all our cares. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7). The more occupied our hearts and our minds with the love of God, the more bearable our burdens and our difficulties will be.
Noel De Guzman
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