I like to start off my Mondays with a great thought, something to meditate on and live out during the week ahead. It is so easy to dread Monday when we let ourselves get overwhelmed with to-do lists for the week, things we need to get done, places we need to go. . . I think it is so important to take a moment every day to find quiet time to read the Word, pray, meditate, and THINK. Some of our best thoughts and greatest intentions are born in moments like this.
This week, I want to talk about God’s unfailing love-a love that sustains us and revives us-and praise, thankfulness for all that He has done.
O God, you are my God:
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
Have you ever just felt empty? As if you spend all your time and energy pouring yourself into others that there is just nothing left? I think as a mom, we probably all feel this way sometimes! We pour ourselves into our children every hour of every day, we pour ourselves into our husbands, family, and friends as much as we can-oftentimes neglecting ourselves. And when we come up dry, with nothing left inside us, we wonder what went wrong. We feel empty and frazzled and weary and dry and parched. . . The truth is, we need to be filling our hearts and lives with the unfailing love that God wants to give us.
I love how this psalm started out with the believer searching earnestly for God. They were thirsting for and longing after Him. They knew God, they had visited Him in His sanctuary. They had a relationship with God, and they recognized their need for sustainment through His love. Not only did they celebrate God’s love; they also saw the importance of praise.
Praise and worship is a by-product of an intimate relationship with God. Satisfaction and fulfillment is a by-product of praise and an acceptance of God’s unfailing love in my life. A heart in-tune to God will naturally want to praise and worship Him, and will be filled with His love. Once we drink deeply of this love God offers, we then will have a love worth offering others, a heart full of praise, and a life of satisfaction and contentment.
If you are feeling empty, like you are at the end of your rope-like there is nothing left inside yourself for you or anyone else-I challenge you to reach out to the God who abundantly loves you. The God who offers unfailing love. Let His love fill you to the brim, and then some; because when you do, you will be overflowing with love and grace and goodness to give to others.