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 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 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.
Some prefer Psalm, Proverbs, Gospels etc. Whatever the desire, or direction, the Lord is leading you to that day, get in it.
· Somedays you may need Psalms for refreshing.
· Somedays you may need Proverbs for wisdom, knowledge, guidance, counsel, and instruction.
· Somedays you may need the Gospels for that close walk with the Lord.
Every believer should pray as David did 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.
God will use our wants to create a desire for Him. 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. It 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.
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 believers read His Word every day. But where does one read? Keep in mind, all Scriptures are 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.
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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