One of the greatest things that could happen to us is to be overcome with a hunger for the Lord, to seek Him until He is no longer a doctrine or a religious idol to us but a reality because we are experiencing His life. We must go beyond religion to really know Him, and it is when this drive is in our hearts that we will say, "How long, O Lord?"
Psalm 13:1 How long will Thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? How long will Thou hide Thy face from me?
David in this psalm depicts the hungry soul for God. God described him as a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). This intense hunger for God is not easily obtained. There are a lot of impurities within us that must be removed. This driving hunger, though, is the evidence that Christ has come forth in our lives. He comes as a refiner's fire to cleanse and purify us. Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Malachi 3:1-3. This refining and purifying of the people of the Lord is not accomplished in a skinny minute. And during the process you will say, "How long will Thou forget me, O Lord?"
Are you thirsty for the Lord? Jesus said: If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that believes into Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:37-38. Every Christian is not thirsty for the Lord. How can a Christian really become thirsty for the Lord? He must first become a desert. The rivers of life will flow out of a desert (Isaiah 43:19). It is only when you become a desert that you begin thirsting for the Lord. The former things of religion have to be flushed out of you. As that happens you become a desert. Religion has to be wiped out completely, no more remembrance of it. Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19.
The old religious ways will hinder you from really knowing the Lord. We are talking about experiencing His life; that is, the only way to really know Him. "But some of those ways helped me in the beginning." I understand. Listen to what Paul said: What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him...that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection. Philippians 3:7-10.
While you are becoming a desert you will wonder, "How long will Thou forget me, O Lord? How long will Thou hide Thy face from me?" You will wonder that because it is the way you will feel; however, He is in you creating a desert so you will become thirsty enough to drink of Him and then the waters of life can flow out from you.
Psalm 13:2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart? The soul is the mental and emotional aspects of human nature. While you are becoming a desert or while the refining process is taking place in you, your mind and emotions are reacting. At this time they are your enemies, and you will say, How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Psalm 13:3-4 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I
sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
Hear me and lighten my eyes. It is important for the eyes of our hearts to be enlightened for it is with the heart that we see the Lord and His works. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: the eyes of your heart being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Ephesians 1:17-18.
It is most necessary that we realize what we are going through is a result of the Lord working in us. Otherwise we would feel that our enemy is prevailing over us.
Psalm 13:5 But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation.
A young Christian thinks about the glory of sonship and prophetic ministry, but when you start coming into real maturity your thinking changes. The Lord Jesus said to Peter, "Peter, when you are young you gird yourself with your dreams and aspirations, and you set about to walk them out. But when you grow and become mature you will be girded about by the Lordship of Jesus Christ and your thinking and aspirations will change" (John 21:18-19).
The tribulations that you go through in becoming a desert change your heart. Now you are not thinking about the glory of sonship. Instead, the mercy and grace of the Lord is your trust, and more than ever before you rejoice in your salvation.
Psalm 13:6 I will sing unto the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.
When you have come to this place you realize that you are one that the Lord has formed for Himself, to show forth His praises. Now you are worshiping in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23), and you are singing unto the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with you. Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert...I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. This people have I formed for Myself; they shall show forth My praise. Isaiah 43:18-21.
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