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What Do We Lack?

April 20th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men
find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.

— Psalm 36:7-9

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In the seventeenth century Francis Quarles wrote, “In having all things but Thee, what have I? Not having Thee, what have my labors got? Let me enjoy but Thee, what further crave I? And having Thee alone, what have I not?”

Indeed, if we belong to Jesus and His Spirit has found a home in our hearts, what do we lack? As we take time out to taste Christ’s eternal bounty, what further do we crave except more of Him? Still, it’s amazingly easy to dismiss this vital truth if our schedules begin to overflow with stressful activity, drain our inner reserves, and cause us to grow weary with life’s complex demands.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good,” David’s psalm invites us. “Oh, the joys of those who trust in him!” (Ps. 34:8, NLT). We don’t have to wait until tomorrow to seek and find the source of our soul’s satisfaction.

 

Jesus, Thou Joy of loving hearts,

Thou Fount of life, Thou Light of men,

From the best bliss that earth imparts,

We turn unfilled to Thee again.

 

Thy truth unchanged has ever stood,

Thou savest those that on Thee call;

To them that seek Thee, Thou are good,

To them that find Thee, all in all.

 

We taste Thee, O Thou Living Bread,

And long to feast upon Thee still;

We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead,

And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.

 

Our restless spirits long for Thee,

Where’er our changeful lot is cast;

Glad when Thy gracious smile we see,

Blest when our faith can hold Thee fast.

 

O Jesus, ever with us stay,

Make all our moments calm and bright;

Chase the dark night of sin away,

Shed o’er the world Thy holy light.

— Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)



Off and On

April 7th, 2012 | Tags: • , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. 
   You have bedded me down in lush meadows, 
      you find me quiet pools to drink from. 
   True to your word, 
      you let me catch my breath 
      and send me in the right direction.

— Psalm 23:1-3, MSG

 

“When God finds a [person] that rests in Him and is not easily moved,” noted Catherine of Genoa, “He gives the joy of His presence, which entirely absorbs the soul.”

By diving into the depths of God’s Word and waiting upon Him within it, we learn that Christ’s call to the life above is not just for noteworthy spiritual giants like Catherine of Genoa. It is also for everyday saints like you and me. Through the private posture of our soul, we seek God and His kingdom with the eyes of faith, resolutely taking our thoughts off our circumstances and setting them on things above.

Without question, meditating on the Word of God—sitting down to enjoy the Lord’s spiritual feast—nourishes our soul’s growth. Yet how can we possibly taste, chew, swallow, and digest the meal He has provided if we persist in keeping ourselves on the go, in apparent denial of our soul’s need for rest and stillness, rarely slowing down long enough to listen to our Shepherd’s voice? Why are we still surprised when we experience such troubling hunger pangs, distracting our soul from “the one necessary thing” that truly matters? Then again, our life in Christ does not have to be this way.

As we turn our eyes and ears toward Jesus—waiting in silence, savoring God’s Word—we more and more taste and see God’s goodness. By determinedly directing our heart’s desires toward Christ and depending on Him to satisfy our soul’s deep longings, we find our love for God, and others, grows.