Once again Five Minute Friday meets Write 31 Days, and we see what prompt Kate Motaung can throw out to inspire my monthly theme of digital REAL. So here goes with the #fmfparty gang as we write unedited today on LONG.
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Where can I start today, except at Psalm 42?
As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?
3 Day and night I have only tears for food,
while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
“Where is this God of yours?”
4 My heart is breaking
as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
amid the sound of a great celebration!
5 Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and 6 my God! (Psalm 42.1-5)
I’ve spent half a month, acknowledging that my heart is ‘so sad’ as I wrestle, and fail, to use social media well. I have admitted that ‘my heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be:’ – socially, in terms of how we used to relate to each other better…
I challenge myself. Am I really looking back at the last two decades with rose-tinted spectacles on? Perhaps it’s just that in the last years, while this digital revolution has been underway, my heart has also been enamoured by idols, by other distractions, and lost sight of God himself. Like I said before, Digital’s not the problem.
This psalm talks about the deep thirst we find in our souls sometimes. But what I love about it is that it also points to our Source…. to the reasons we’re so desperate and to the place we’ll find our joy again. It’s simple, Jesus said,
37 On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” 39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.) (John 7:37-39)
He made this statement from the original in Isaiah,
“Is anyone thirsty?
Come and drink—
even if you have no money!
Come, take your choice of wine or milk—
it’s all free!
2 Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
You will enjoy the finest food.
3 “Come to me with your ears wide open.
Listen, and you will find life.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you.
I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. (Isaiah 55.1-3)
God knows we need the rivers flowing. We need the wine and milk. We need to find life, and drink deep of the unfailing love that He has promised us. Chances are, that’s not going to happen while I’m typing at my laptop.