Hunger and thirst for God in a Secular World

 
Hunger and thirst for God in a Secular World (Psalm 42:1-2)
 
Having been a shepherd for some time, I have noticed how goats that have been kept for days without drinking water pant for one. One of the difficult time of shepherding I experienced was during dry season, when many wells and streams dry up. We had to drive the animals to distant places looking for water. As such we would skip some days when we don’t take the animals for water. After a day or two when the animals have not had water, the next time when we lead them to the stream they would really rush to drink.
The Psalmists (sons of Korah) in Psalm 42 had a similar experience after having been kept by their adversaries away from Jerusalem where they could worship God in the Temple. Having been away from the ‘presence’ of God, they longed for him. They sung, “As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God. When can I go and meet with God?” (Psalm 42:1-2). It is right to hunger and thirst for God all through our lives. Jesus said; “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [God], for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).
God is “the author, giver, and maintainer of natural life; and who has promised and provided eternal life in his Son; and is himself the fountain of life, and the fountain of living waters, and a place of broad rivers and streams: particularly his lovingkindness, which is better than life, is a pure river of water of life, the streams where make glad the saints” (John Grill). Those who hunger and thirst for God will be fed with the bread of life, they will be filled with the Living Water.
We live in a world that is increasingly becoming a spiritual desert. This should be able to create an osmotic potential which drives us to a craving for God, a hunger for God, a thirst for God. Don’t let the increasing secular world have you caught up in the desert. The more you find yourself in a secular culture, the more you should desire for God. As in Martin J. Nystrom’s hymn, may we always sing;
 
As the deer pants for the water,
So my soul longs after You,
You alone are my heart’s desire,
And I long to worship You.
 
You alone are my strength my shield,
To You alone may my spirit yield,
You alone are my heart’s desire,
And I long to worship You.
 
I want you more than gold or silver,
Only you can satisfy,
You alone are the real joy-giver,
And the apple of my eye.
 
You’re my friend and You are my Brother,
Even though You are a King,
I love You more than any other,
So much more than anything.
 
You alone are my strength my shield,
To You alone may my spirit yield,
You alone are my heart’s desire,
And I long to worship You
 
You’re my friend and you are my brother
Even though You are a King.
I love You more than any other,
So much more than anything.
 
You alone are my strength my shield,
To You alone may my spirit yield,
You alone are my heart’s desire,
And I long to worship You

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Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is currently a candidate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site by donating here.

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