Psalm 63:1 and “this ever-present truth regarding storms”:
This morning as I reflect upon the Verse of the Day, I also think about Hurricane Matthew, the life-threatening storm that is approaching.
The Verse of the Day for October 7, 2016 is taken from Psalm 63:1 in the Message Bible:
[A David Psalm, When He Was out in the Judean Wilderness] God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts.
The reference to “hunger and thirst for God” brings to mind this original psalm:
Hunger and Thirst
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
All those who hunger and thirst after righteousness
Shall no longer need food but shall indeed be filled.
They shall know firsthand the Father’s desire to bless:
In His presence deepest desires are fulfilled.
We learn to yearn after God and to put Him first;
He alone feeds this hollow and aching absence,
To satisfy our hunger and to quench our thirst.
Food and water appease but for a season, hence
We partake each day of first fruits of our labor.
To serve food and drink is to glimpse eternity,
A foretaste of the place where we all shall savor
Forever the pure pleasure of God’s company.
So we prepare to feast once more upon God’s Word,
As we strengthen our souls and wait upon the Lord.
Another song inspired by the David’s cry to Yahweh in Psalm 63 is written by Deanne Shallenberger and Michelle Glenn, performed by Deanne:
Not only is Psalm 63 the inspiration, in part, for that song that I composed, but it is also the basis for “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” performed as a medley with “I’m Gonna Love You,” two classic praise and worship compositions of Don Moen of Hosanna! Music.
In addition, our thoughts and prayers extend toward the residents of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina as Hurricane Matthew, a “life-threatening storm”, barrels up the East Coast. The Category 4 hurricane is said to be the first major hurricane to hit the US since 2005. In thinking about this devastating storm, we recall the statements related to the life cycle of life, whereby, as believers, we are either in the midst of a storm or coming out of a storm and preparing to go through another storm. We are reminded of
This Ever-present Truth
For He commands and raises the stormy wind,
which lifts up the waves of the sea.
They mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the depths;
Their soul melts because of trouble.
He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are quiet;
so He guides them to their desired haven.
Psalm 107:25-26, 29-30
As we navigate through the stages of our lives,
Mild breezes that caress our days are soon transformed
Into wild gales and floods, as one more storm arrives.
Despite this ever-present truth, we are alarmed
And unprepared for life’s torrential winds and rain,
As the raging storm center races toward our shore,
Gathering force and mounting into a hurricane.
We find ourselves near the eye of the storm once more.
The whirlwind soon passes over and leaves behind
Rising flood waters that would overwhelm the soul,
But through prayer and strong faith we know that we shall find
Courage to endure, though each storm exacts its toll.
God prepares us to go through howling gusts and rain,
With strength between storms, ready to go through again.
We are comforted and strengthened by the song “Peace in the Midst of the Storm” offered by Alvin Slaughter and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.