Holy Longing

Love
pour it on

Unfailing Love
wash over me
  cover me
  fill me
  cleanse me
  satisfy me

I want to say
I say
I have everything I need
I want for nothing
  but your
Unfailing, Unending Love

Psalm 42 (NLT)
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 my God!
Now I am deeply discouraged,
    but I will remember you—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
    from the land of Mount Mizar.
7 I hear the tumult of the raging seas
    as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
8 But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
    and through each night I sing his songs,
    praying to God who gives me life.
9 “O God my rock,” I cry,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?”
10 Their taunts break my bones.
    They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”
11 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 my God!


For Reflection and Prayer:
Was there a word, a phrase, image, or feeling that caught your attention as you listened? Bring it into your prayer with Jesus. Color your prayer.

How do you notice your own longing for God? Our longing may be revealed in our attachments, addictions and disappointments. Bring what you notice into your prayer with God. How does God meet you there?
 
Our feelings of despair and abandonment can be amplified when we are in the desert. What helps to distract you from feeling despair or abandonment? What helps you welcome and stay present to those feelings? Bring them into your prayer with God. Journal what you hear and see.

Where did you notice God pouring love upon you today?