My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes, Revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
November/December 2013 Issue – ‘Love Came to Bring us Home’
Psalm 143:1-12 (NIV): ‘Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in the darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me;my heart within me is dismayed. I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.
Answer me quickly, Lord; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.’
Selwyn writes: ‘For the last two days we have touched on the fact that multitudes are hungering and thirsting for something, even though they don’t know what it is.’
He goes onto say: ‘The Israelite people were led to understand the heart’s yearning for a relationship with God, during their 40-year journey through the desert (Deut. 8:3).
Jesus used these same words to remind us that we cannot live by bread alone (Matthew 4:4). We have longings that cause us to cry out for a relationship with God. … ‘
We, have this longing met, as soon as we entered into a relationship with God. It produces in us, a joy that cannot be explained, to those who reject God’s free gift.