We often cry out to God only when we’re desperate—but what if God was such a dear friend to us that His presence would be the deepest longing of our heart—all the time? The 23rd Psalm poignantly expresses the author’s experience of knowing God so well that he experiences immeasurable value in the relationship.

When you read this Psalm, does it ALSO describe YOUR relationship with God?

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
(‭Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬)

The author describes what he has EXPERIENCED in the goodness of God’s presence–peace, love, guidance, provision, wisdom, and strength in EVERY circumstance. When we experience God this way, we don’t EVER want to be without Him.

But when we choose to live without Jesus, we create our own hell here on earth.

Hell is the absence of God and that is the great tragedy of sin. Our sin separates us from God’s holy presence. Jesus never sinned; and as He took our sin on the cross, His Holy Father had to turn His face away. Incredibly, it wasn’t the beatings or the nails through His flesh that caused Jesus to cry out in pain; but rather, the only recorded time He cried out in pain is when the presence of the Father had forsaken Him! It wasn’t the horrendous torture, beatings, or nails in His hands and feet that caused Him to cry out—it was when our sin separated Him from the presence of His Father.

What a powerful perspective.

Do we cry out in pain when OUR sin separates us from God’s presence, or are we more apt to cry about a lost job or health crises? When we begin to know God, His presence draws us in and we don’t want to choose any sin that separates us from Him. Is this prayer, the deep prayer of our soul?

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalms‬ ‭63:1‬)

When we realize that God is more necessary to us than life itself—our soul earnestly thirsts for Him!

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