Desperate For God?
Sermon shared by Richard Francis
Summary: As a deer pants for water so my soul pants for God, are you desperate for God, do the mockers surrond do you fear the storm. Jesus is near ask and he will reach you, of this I’m sure Love will come down and rescue you, hold on help is here.
Audience: General adults
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overwhelmed with sorrow:
Verses 1 - 2: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
What do you picture? A nice deer skipping up to a clear bubbling flowing spring and gently lapping up the refreshing water? Me I see a dehydrated creature, emancipated dragging itself across a desert desperately in search of a muddy wetness desperate for water, clinging to life and nothing seeming to quench the thirst, nothing. For me this speaks of a yearning beyond reason, beyond logic and soul centred must, beyond existence of self, a need for something that without life is nothing. “My soul pants for you, O God” these words just leap out and grab my heart, for me if I cannot know God then I would not want to live, I mean it, God is the All in All. This is not just a desperate plea, here is relationship thirsting for God knowing and acknowledging that God is alive, is real is here, but were is God. The deer staggers and collapses it can find no water, when can I go and meet with God? Do you have times when God seems distant, when prayers are unanswered, when worship is far from your heart? A desert place with no streams of water. Jesus did: Mark 14: 32 – 34 “They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he said to them. "Stay here and keep watch."
This is the experience of the person who feels shut off, cut off from God; who believes in God yet cannot find Him; who longs for the nearness of God but feels abandoned... hence the perplexed question, born of despair “When can I go and meet with God?”
"Where is your God?":
Verse 3: My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
Did anyone promise that if you became a Christian you would never be unhappy, be constantly filled with joy, its not true, you will know pain, hurt and the mockers will line up and say “Where is your God?” when you stumble. The deep pain and hurt is pouring out tears that flood out day and night, no human comfort, no help in this time of trouble a sense of drowning, drowning, what hope. Jesus tells us in John 6: 35-38 (message) Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t really believe me. Every person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and don’t let go. I came down from heaven not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me. Jesus understands sorrow, hurt and rejection he will walk through the crowd of mockers and stone throwers and draw along side and reach out into the darkness to the cowering figure heaped in a darken corner, “Come follow me, he will say and set the captive free”, he did for me he will for you
Jesus understood what this feels like Matthew 27: 41 – 43 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. "He saved others," they said, "but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down
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