Fainting Flesh and Facebook
Psalm 63:1: O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Hectic American life can be devastating for Christians in having an intimate relationship with God. So many things demand our time and energy – deadlines, appointments, TV, social media, sports – to name just a few. Actually… that’s not quite accurate is it? Those things have no power over our time unless we give it to them; but the problem is we do just that. Read the verse above again though. Look closely for any indication that David’s thirsty soul or fainting flesh would have been satisfied with Facebook or watching a ballgame.
The truth is that the deep, unfulfilled longing all humans beings experience can only be filled by God. That is the way He designed us. Efforts to plug the hole with “stuff” only lead to stress and dissatisfaction. As you read and feel the earnestness of his words, understand that this type of desire and abiding love was not something peculiar to David. We not only have the opportunity to have the same intimacy with our Creator, God actually desires this type of passionate devotion. So how does it happen?
If we are patient, continually waiting upon Him, pouring out our hearts to Him and listening for His voice to us, we will learn that we need no other fulfillment than God. We must allow Gospel truth to be our foundation, not shallow clichés or the latest self-help theory. The more time we spend in His presence, reading and treasuring His Word, the more we will find that obeying His commands means intimacy is growing and that His presence is becoming an ever-increasing joy. Our existence as followers of Christ should be driven by a lifelong quest for intimacy with God.
“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.” A.W. Tozer