Coffee and the Word of God (Psalm 63:1)
Psalm 63:1, O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”
Nothing else is quite like the aroma of a fresh pot of coffee early in the morning. In fact, many are dependent on it every day, particularly the first thing in the morning. I’m amused at the bumper sticker I read once, “No Coffee…No Workee”. Or this comment a wife gave her husband before they had their morning conversation, “Woah, I have not had my coffee yet.” Understand, that just as important as it is for people to have that cup of coffee first thing, isn’t it more important to have time with the Lord first thing?
There’s no questioning it, many people are addicted to coffee. They must have their fresh brewed cup of coffee in the morning to get a little caffeine into the system. The pleasure even begins when preparing the coffee. From spooning the coffee from the canister to brewing it in the pot. Coffee is one of the simple pleasures in life that many will never tire of and will always be dependent on. Coffee always goes great with morning conversations and brings pleasure when shared. For most, you cannot get enough coffee. Some want coffee filled to the brim, to the point that it is to the point of running over.
Coffee! How do you like it? Smooth? French Roast? Bold? Intense Bold? Some prefer their coffee different from than how others would prefer it. Just as people depend on, seek and drink coffee for numbers of reasons, so people seek the Scriptures for various reasons. God’s will is for people to be awake and alert, not groggy and tired. As many seek coffee to bring about alertness, let me encourage you to seek the Scriptures as a means to pursue and bring about His Will for your life.
1.The Diligence. "Early will I seek thee."
David wrote Psalm 63 at a time when he desperately needed a personal experience with God. If one has affection for God, he or she will be early in their attention to worship. Being late for church often shows one's lack of diligence in their devotion. David’s desire for God is very great. The psalmist unashamedly confesses that the true God is his God. Avid coffee drinkers are not ashamed and are open to announce their need of coffee. Every believer should pray as David in Psalm 63:1. David’s prayer describes a deep longing for God. One that can only be satisfied by a close, personal relationship with Him. Those who claim to know God need to examine themselves by asking, do I really have a strong desire for God’s presence and purposes to be first in my life. Do I go through life with my focus mainly on temporary or worldly goals or pleasures? Have my personal desires replaced prayer, Bible study and true service to God?
2.The Desire. "My soul thirsteth for thee."
Thirst expresses a great desire. Few people thirst for God as they thirst for the things of the world. God will use our wants to create a desire for Him. "My soul followeth hard after thee" (Psalm 63:8). The words, "followeth hard" mean to be glued to something, to cleave tenaciously to something. It expresses steadfastness of affection to God by the psalmist which is a great show of loyalty. Dedicated coffee drinkers are willing to go to great lengths to satisfy their cravings. Only He can satisfy the emotional and spiritual wants in our heart. David was on the run from Absalom and had to flee the land, unable to worship the Lord in Jerusalem. His lack of closeness with the Lord made him thirsty for Him. David sought the enjoyment of communion, closeness, and fellowship with God in public worship in Jerusalem, which was an urgent need of his soul. He viewed it not merely as the sweetest of all luxuries, but as an absolute necessity, like water to a deer. He must have his time with God or faint. We must be close to the Lord or we too will faint. Neglecting the Living Water will leave us spiritually parched. Thank God we don't have to go to Jerusalem to be close to the Lord or worship Him. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we can walk with God each day. Even through the fires of life that we may face, He can quench the thirst in our soul.
3.The Devotion. "My flesh longeth for thee."
David expressed just how desperately he longed for the Lord. David recalled how his soul was thrilled when he went into the sanctuary. He longs or yearns intensely to be in church physically, not just in the spirit. Psalm 5:3, My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. God desires that believer’s read His Word every day. But where does one read? Keep in mind, all Scripture is inspired of the Lord. Therefore, pray and ask Him where He would lead you to. Whatever the need is, the Bible has the answer. But some need a particular portion of Scripture more than another due to what the need is or how the Lord is leading them. Some prefer Psalm, Proverbs, Gospels etc. Whatever the desire or direction the Lord is leading you to that day, get in it.
Points to Ponder:
·Somedays you may need Psalms for refreshing.
·Somedays you may need Proverbs for wisdom, knowledge, guidance, counsel, instruction.
·Somedays you may need the Gospels for that close walk with the Lord.
PRAYER: Lord, I know that You have something to reveal to me in Your Word. My soul craves to be drawn to Your Words.
In Jesus name, AMEN!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.