Devotion by Annie-Kate Snavely
Years ago, I heard somebody tell a story about how when she once invited someone to church, that person responded, “church is for desperate people.” At first, this friend of mine was insulted and felt like she needed to defend herself and say that she wasn’t desperate. But after she had time to reflect about it, she realized that she agreed with him: church is for desperate people.
If you’re like me and you’ve been a Christian for most of your life, it may be hard to remember what it felt like the moment you came to know Jesus, but it was surely glorious! But what about that moment before you came to know Jesus? I bet it was a moment of desperation, because you had come to realize the reality of our human condition, that is sinful and deserving of death. In that moment, you were desperate for Jesus, because He is the only name that can forgive you and save you from eternal death.
Unfortunately, many of us, including myself, often forget that feeling of desperation. And perhaps much worse, we forget how desperately we need Jesus every day. Blame it on busy schedules, blame it on social media, blame it on our comfortable American lifestyle. Regardless of the cause, we have to remind ourselves of our human condition and the fact that we need Jesus today as desperately as we did before we came to know him. Read Psalm 63 and mediate on the words. Words like “my soul thirsts for you” and “my soul clings to you.” As I read them, I am convicted because I often fail to earnestly seek Him and I often look for satisfaction in worldly things. Psalm 63 helps remind me of my desperation for Jesus because He is the only thing that can satisfy my soul. I pray that as we reflect on Passion week, we make the commitment to strive to live Psalm 63 every day and be truly desperate for Jesus every day—not just at Easter time.
My Soul Thirsts for You.
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
1O 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.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
- When was the last time you experienced a true, desperate thirst in your soul for Jesus?
- How would your life be different if you felt truly desperate for Jesus every day?
- How would your interactions with those around you change in light of your desperation for Jesus?
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