Who, when being thirsty, wouldn’t be happy in drinking water? Or being fed when you’re hungry? As essential as eating and drinking are so it is exercising the spirit. It may seem obvious, but sometimes we take too long to understand our real and vital need to do so. Very often we feel an overwhelming void when we consider ourselves lost, when the situation is out of our control, or when we face something we don’t know how to overcome. And yet, we postponed all these sufferings with our reasoning, which turns out to make us slaves of the situation.
David, a man of God, had been through moments like these. His cryings resulted in many psalms, which clearly show the conflicts and paths that made him a very close God.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Ps 42:1-2a
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?” Ps 42:5
It is noticeable in his cries that there was something inside of David that was beyond his power. He knew the path to the fountain to quench his thirst because, in his experience, he had seen that only God would help him to calm down what was going on inside o him.
Just like David, as we go through experiences with the Lord, we realize that only He can quieten our soul. It’s pointless trying to deceive ourselves and search for methods which will make us pretend the problem does not exist. At some point, you will have to face it, since it will not fade away.
David often spent so much time in the presence of God, that he would not see his unsolvable problems being solved. However, at each experience, he has become more intimate with God.
But, what should we do when anxiety and hardships disguise experiences we have had with God?
We should always turn back to the source, because the Lord can supply us no matter what our difficulty is. There is a portion of a hymn which describes accurately the action we should take:
“With my body I can handle material things
In my mind is much considering;
But the life of Christ can only be enjoyed
If I let my spirit be set free!
Set it free! Set it free!
I desire my spirit’s liberty!
Yes, the life of Christ can only be enjoyed
If I let my spirit be set free!”
The releasing of the spirit is being close to the fountain that can quench our thirst. Only in Christ can this fountain be found. Only Him can fill us up to release the Spirit in us.
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation!” Ps 68:19
In this verse David confesses God’s daily faithfulness. That shows that our search has to be daily. Knowing God is a personal experience that requires consistency, so that what we receive is as intense as what we look for.
Only God can supply our needs! Regardless the situation, the more we are in the presence of God, the more we will be supplied. The ones who, as well as David, had this experience, point out the way:
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters.” Ps 23:2
This is David’s secret: pasture means the place of food, and waters are for quenching the thirst. Therefore, rest and appeasement come through eating and drinking what is offered by God, that is, His word. This is the only way to still our souls.
Do not allow what you have been going through to imprison you. There is freedom when enjoying the Word! Even though it seems not working at first, remember this is a constant exercise. And then, we will become more intimate, free and satisfied.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Gal 5:1
“The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.” Ps 25:14-15
Present yourself before the Lord, the Spirit will lead your prayer into God’s secret. Jesus is the Lord!
Author: Camila Karnakis
Translation of the article: “O segredo de um homem de acordo com o coração de Deus” (Blog Eu Vos Escrevi)