Mike Cope calls it “One Holy Hunger.”
Martin DeHaan refers to it as a “radical reliance.”
Joe Beam speaks of it as “a craving.”
John Elderlridge entitles it a “sacred romance.”
Joseph Stowell explains it in a way that makes some people uncomfortable, as “the pursuit of intimacy.”
All of these writers in their own way are trying to define, explain and illustrate what it means to enjoy a relationship with God.
But one of the best places to understand what communion with God is about is to read and meditate on David’s Psalms. In one of his most poignant and passionate psalms, he begins with this expressive longing.
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.
Many think this was written when he was in the wilderness fleeing from the rebellion led by his son, Absolom. It was not a good time. His mind was troubled. His heart was heavy. And his soul was disquieted.
No doubt, David thought of Nathan’s prophecy that trouble would come to his house because of his sin with Bathsheba. So, what could David do as he fled the palace and the capital city?
David cried out, “You are my God.” He sought refuge. He desired communion. And expressed his trust in God to provide for him.
Can we say “You are my God…”
…in good times and bad times?
…in sickness and in health?
…in prosperity or poverty?
…in peace or in turmoil?
…in sunshine or rain?
…in failure or success?
…in victory or defeat?
…in life or in death?
To speak as David did and say, “You are my God,” is to be totally committed to Him. To put your trust in Him. To express your reliance on Him. To know that you enjoy a relationship with Him.
Today, can you confidently say, “You are my God”?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman