“I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.” (Psalms 119:131)
Recently I was at an old fashion, outdoor, preaching service in Pennsylvania called a Campmeeting. I had several burdens on my heart that I truly desired God to help me with and I went each morning and evening with an expectation of what He would do.
God did not allow me to leave any of the services disappointed.
“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” (Psalms 50:15)
One thing the psalmist says in our verse for today is descriptive of how I felt each time the services began at the Campmeeting. I was longing after His Commandments. My heart was open and pleading for God to speak through the singing and preaching of His Word.
The word “panted” here in verse 131 means to be inhaling air. Imagine after you have been jogging (or in my out-of-shape state, climb ONE flight of stairs) you open your mouth for something your lungs desperately need….oxygen.
When we have been doing all we can in life to care for our families, our ministries and ourselves, we can come to the point of spiritually panting after God’s Word to give us our next breath.
During the week God spoke to me through the Scripture as one preacher from Virginia got up to preach. As I felt like I was on my last intake of breath in life, God reached down and resuscitated me. No one else in that place or anywhere else in the world outside of my husband knew the struggle I was experiencing and a decision I had recently made in my personal life. I was overwhelmed and trying to figure things out and wondered if I was doing the right thing, and God saw me panting after Him. He saw me longing for HIS answer and no one else’s.
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Psalms 27:13-14)
The Word of God is so important, so precious and so vital if we are going to succeed as Christians in our walk. I don’t want to fail the Lord and I sure don’t want to live a defeated life when He offers me VICTORY.
If you are filling your mind and heart with everything else as you try to satisfy that need of “something”, give God’s Word a try. I can absolutely garuntee you that it will be the VERY thing to give you life when you feel like you are dying.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,