Psalm 63:1 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. NKJV
Some Bible versions say, “early will I seek You.” Other versions say, “earnestly will I seek You.” Perhaps ‘earnestly’ is the better translation. As I consider this, a verse of Scripture from the New Testament comes to my mind. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV) God rewards those who ‘diligently seek Him.” The words ‘diligently’ and ‘earnestly’ express the same thought. God is first and foremost in our life. Why is it important that God hold the primary place for us?
The first of the Ten Commandments says – “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3) When Satan tried to entice Jesus to worship him, Jesus rebuked Satan by saying, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND HIM ONLY YOU SHALL SERVE.'” (Matthew 4:10 NKJV) When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment, He answered by saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37 NKJV) Paul writes in the book of Colossians, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16 NKJV) We have been created by God and for God, therefore it seems only logical that He would be the most important part of our life.
God should be the most important thing in our life, yet sometimes He isn’t. Sometimes life has a way of creeping in and pushing God to the side. Sometimes God gets pushed completely out of the picture. That happened to the nation of Israel. Over time they began to become cold and mechanical in their relationship with God and even to worship idols. The result of their waywardness was time spent in foreign captivity, or if you will, time in the wilderness. First, God allowed the Assyrians to invade the Northern Kingdom of Israel and to defeat them. When this didn’t awaken God’s people from their spiritual apathy, God sent the Babylonians into the Southern Kingdom to destroy the city of Jerusalem and to carry many of the Jews away into exile. But though God allowed His people to be taken into the wilderness, He didn’t abandon them. He used their wilderness experience to soften their hardened hearts and to cause them to repent of their sin and to return to Him.
Jeremiah 29:10 For thus says the Lord: after seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. NKJV
Notice that God said, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” God wanted a relationship with His people. To have that relationship, He had to take them into a ‘dry and thirsty land.’ “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” In other words, “When you begin to long for Me the way a man in the desert longs for a drink of water, then you will find Me and be fully satisfied.”
God bless you brethren.