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The Desire for God

My soul longs for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. Isaiah 26:9

What is the most glorious thing that man can see or find upon the earth? Nothing less than God Himself. And what is the most glorious thing that a man can and needs to do every day? Nothing less than to seek, to know, to love and to praise this glorious God. As glorious as God is, so is the glory that begins to work in the heart of the man who gives himself to live for God.

My brother and sister in Christ, have you learned the first and greatest thing you have to do every day? Nothing less than to seek this God, to meet Him, to worship Him, and to live for Him and for His glory. It is a great step in the life of a Christian when he truly sees this truth and yields himself to consider fellowship with God every day as the chief purpose of his life.

Take time and ask whether this is not the highest wisdom, and the one thing for which a Christian is to live above all – to know his God rightly, and to love Him with his whole heart. Believe not only that it is true, but also that God’s greatest desire is for you to live thus with Him. In answer to prayer, He will indeed enable you to do so.

Begin today and take a word from God’s Book to speak to Him in the stillness of your soul: “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you…My soul clings to you…” (Psalm 63:1,8) “I seek you with all my heart…” (Psalm 119:10)

Repeat these words in deep reverence and childlike longing until their spirit and power enter your heart. Then wait upon God until you begin to realize the blessedness of meeting with Him in this way. As you persevere, you will learn to expect that the fear and the presence of God can abide with you throughout the day.

“I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1)

From the Andrew Murray Devotional