Scriptures For Meditation — Ps 42:1- 11; Ps 51:10-12; 2 Cor 4:7-18
A few weeks ago, God was speaking to us about the need to come to Him empty so He could fill us to use us.
We saw how so many things could fill our lives to the extent that they displace God from being preeminent in our lives.
God’s continued charge to us, is to be intentional about being emptied of anything and everything that has taken over our hearts and filled His rightful place in our lives.
This will be our first area of focus as we begin this month’s fasting and prayers — Emptying ourselves before God; doing a spiritual de-cluttering and asking God to retake His place and build His throne in our hearts, so that He can reign and rule unequivocally over our lives.
Another Kind of Emptiness
We also talked about another kind of emptiness that is undesirable, which believers may sometimes experience in their walk with God — the sinking feeling that we cannot connect with God; where He feels so far away from us and distant. We just can’t seem to feel His presence or hear His voice.
In the frustration of our situation, our Christian life has become stagnant, lifeless and empty of true fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
What a dreadful experience this is for anyone who goes through times like this!
Panting Hard After God
The Psalmist was experiencing such a season in his life as was recorded in Ps 42 that we are meditating on today.
In his case, his “emptiness” had been enforced on him as he was made to run into exile and take refuge in a strange land. Deprived of his ability to come before the Lord and worship in the house of the Lord like he would normally do (Ps 42:4), he lamented the distressing emptiness that his soul felt with his separation from God in worship.
Maybe like him, you are also going through these emotions in your life at this time. Maybe you are in the middle of an experience or situation that has taken you away from worship, or is hindering your fellowship with God from being vibrant and with the same fervency or regularity that you once enjoyed.
Deep Calls Unto Deep
It is time for deep to call unto deep — Deep despair reaching out unto the vast depth of the love and power of God to pull you up and out of that valley onto the heights of His tender mercies and lovingkindness.
Cry out like the Psalmist did:
Why are you in despair, O my soul? Why have you become restless and disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God. (Ps 42:11)
Pray this prayer for yourself or for anyone in your family, circle or church that may be going through this at this present time.
The Lord isn’t finished with you yet and He definitely hasn’t forgotten you!
You will yet praise Him; the Lord will perfect all that concerns you and cause you to walk upon your high places in Jesus’s Name.
Pastor Wale Ola
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