JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Relationship-Building Principle comes from Psalm 63, verses 1 through 3.
“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”
This is a Psalm of David, whom God described as a man after His own heart. In times of emptiness, it is a human tendency to seek fulfillment in the things of this world. In our thirst, we reach for water, which satisfies our physical thirst for a period of time, until we get thirsty again. The things of this world may satisfy our longings briefly, but not forever. Jesus told the woman at the well, that there was water that could permanently satisfy the longings of her soul, and that water is His grace.
In times of emptiness, David would seek satisfaction in the love of God; God would be glorified in David’s life.
An earnest search for God with our soul is a vital relationship-building principle to take to heart in the Year of Connection.