Posts Tagged ‘My soul follows hard after thee’

In pursuit of what is good

February 23, 2018

 

Proverbs 14--22From Proverbs come these words of wisdom as the Verse of the Day for February 23, 2018:

Proverbs 14:22

Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.

Here we see the contrast between those who “plot evil” and those who “plan what is good.” Clearly, those who plan what is good are intentional in their pursuits and rewarded in finding love and faithfulness.

In Deuteronomy 12:28 we find a similar reference to “doing what is good.”

Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.

Likewise, Job 34:4 uses a similar expression:

Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.

Likewise, in Romans 12:9 in the Amplified Bible we find a reference not only to pursuing what is good but to firmly grasp what we find:

Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good.

In thinking about pursuing what is good, I recall a previous blog entry:

In Pursuit of What is Good

See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone,

but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

1 Thessalonians 5:15

 

As a hunter reads footprints and tracks down his game,

So our desire to pursue good as we awake.

Desire, a fire, flames the passion held so deeply.

Having felt Your touch and known Your presence before,

As lovers pursue, we yearn for You even more,

Assured all who pursue the good shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously we seek You with our heart, soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source,

As one forsakes all to purchase priceless treasure,

So we seek what is good, to know your good pleasure.

We conclude this blog entry with a song of worship that also came to mind, “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” with lyrics by Don Moen:

R.C. Sproul: The pursuit of God

December 16, 2017

Psalm 63--8

This morning as I began my day, I learned that R.C. Sproul, beloved theologian, author, pastor, and founder of Ligonier Ministries, passed away earlier this week. Christianity Today commented concerning his influence: “He is responsible for introducing a generation to the authority of Scripture, the sovereignty of God, and the glory of the Gospel of justification by faith, salvation by grace, in Christ alone.”

In a tribute in memory of R.C. Sproul, Daniel Motley listed 20 of his quotes on the Glory of God. One in particular caught my attention and will serve as the Quote of the Day for the blog entry for December 16, 2017:

“The pursuit of God is not a part-time, weekend exercise. If it is, chances are you will experience a part-time, weekend freedom. Abiding requires a kind of staying power. The pursuit is relentless. It hungers and thirsts. It pants as the deer after the mountain brook. It takes the kingdom by storm…The pursuit of God is a pursuit of passion. Indifference will not do. To abide in the Word is to hang on tenaciously. A weak grip will soon slip away. Discipleship requires staying power. We sign up for duration. We do not graduate until heaven.”

In reflecting on the quote, I thought of an experience occurring more than 60 years ago. I recall going on a field trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park, outside of Gary, Indiana, when I was in middle school, what we called “junior high school,” back in the day. Somehow I came across a small stream running through a wooded area. As I followed the creek through the winding woods, I was determined to find the area where the stream began, but as I progressed, the size of the stream remained the same and continued to flow on seemingly endlessly. After about a half an hour, I realized that I needed to get back to area where we supposed to meet before departing on the bus and returning to “the Steel City.” When I arrived at the place where we were to meet, I learned that I was quite late, and that I had delayed their departure.

Although that experience occurred sometime ago, I am still earnestly pursuing God with a passion, with determination to find what I am seeking. R.C. Sproul’s comments also brought to mind this poem:

The Proof of Desire

 My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You

Psalm 63:8a (AMP)

 

The proof of desire is pursuit.

Mike Murdock

 

In each new season may our lives abound with fruit,

As we follow after God and seek His favor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

This passion to please is our relentless pursuit,

As we seek to taste His goodness as we savor.

In each new season may our lives abound with fruit.

 

As a seasoned tree is strengthened from leaf to root,

We flow with fullness of joy as we labor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

Though we may seek as silver God’s wisdom and truth,

This life swiftly passes, fleeting as a vapor.

In each new season may our lives abound with fruit.

 

We have yearned for God’s presence, even as a youth.

We now forsake all to scale the heights of Mount Tabor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

 

We ever seek to know God’s will and to do it,

To follow in the steps of Jesus, our Savior.

In each new season may our lives abound with fruit,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

The quotation and commentary also make reference to Psalm 63:8 (KJV):

My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

My whole being follows hard after You and clinPgs closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.

This verse is the inspiration 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.

From milk to solid food: in pursuit

March 20, 2017

The Verse of the Day for March 20, 2017 comes from 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV):

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Seven months ago our older daughter and her husband became proud parents of our first grandson, who clearly made them aware of two situations that disturbed his otherwise pleasant disposition: first of all, the need to be fed and secondly, the need to be changed. “For crying out loud,” the baby’s vocal gymnastics was a signal to the mother and to whoever was nearby that “I’m hungry,” and it is time to be fed.

In a similar manner to that of a newborn who expresses a need for nourishment in the natural, so we as believers also desire the “sincere milk of the word” whereby we may grow spiritually. Once an infant is hungry, he or she will make known the need for sustenance and cry out until that hunger is satisfied. The word translated “desire” is translated from the verb meaning to yearn or long for.

As we mature and grow up, having tasted the goodness of the Lord, we find that our appetite changes, or so it should. Hebrews 5:12-14 remind us of the change in diet that should take place:

12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.

13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right.

14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

Such is the case with our grandson, who now has teeth and whose diet is changing, as he is now learning to eat solid foods. He is even learning to feed himself as well. Similarly, as mature followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we demonstrate our desire for more of the life-sustaining Word of God, as we pursue spiritual matters and yearn to know the Word of God on a deeper level. The following poem also personalizes our yearning for more of God:

The Proof of Desire

I will pursue your commands, for you expand my understanding.
Psalm 119:32 (NLT)

The proof of desire is pursuit.
Mike Murdock

In each new season may our lives abound with fruit,
As we follow after God and seek His favor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

This passion to please is our relentless pursuit,
As we seek to taste His goodness and to savor.
In each new season may our lives abound with fruit.

As a seasoned tree is strengthened from leaf to root,
We flow with fullness of joy as we labor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

Though we may seek as silver His wisdom and truth,
This life swiftly passes, fleeting as a vapor.
In each new season may my life abound with fruit.

We have yearned for God’s presence, even as a youth
And now forsake all to scale the heights of Mount Tabor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

That we seek to know God’s will no one can dispute,
To follow in the steps of Jesus, our Savior.
In each new season may our lives abound with fruit,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

In reflecting upon the pursuit of spiritual matters, I thought of the lyrics of the Don Moen song “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee”

To seek good is to seek God

January 8, 2017

amos-5 14

In the Verse of the Day for January 8, 2017 we find strong words of encouragement to direct our efforts found in the Classic Amplified Bible:

Amos 5:14-15:

Seek (inquire for and require) good and not evil that you may live, and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate the evil and love the good and establish justice in the [court of the city’s] gate. It may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph [the northern kingdom].

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed. Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will have mercy on the remnant of his people.

To “seek (inquire for and require) good” is to seek God, for the term “good” is derived from God, who alone is good. Indeed, the essence of God is goodness. Jesus Christ declared, “There is none good but the father.”

In Proverbs 11:27 we find a similar reminder regarding the individual who pursues good:

He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, but trouble will come to him who seeks evil.

We also recall the words of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 7:7-8 expressed in the New Living Translation:

[Effective Prayer] “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

As mature followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are continually seeking, following after, earnestly pursuing God. Our lives should demonstrate our desire for more of the presence of God. The following poem personalizes our sincere yearning to “seek good” which is to seek for more of God:

The Proof of Desire

The proof of desire is pursuit.

Mike Murdock

 

In this new season our lives shall abound with fruit,
As we follow after God and seek His favor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

This passion to please is our relentless pursuit,
As we seek to taste His goodness and to savor.
In this new season our lives shall abound with fruit.

Seasoned trees are strengthened from the leaf to the root,
As we flow with fullness of joy while we labor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

Though we may seek as silver His wisdom and truth,
This life swiftly passes, fleeting as a vapor.
In this new season our lives shall abound with fruit.

Having yearned for God’s presence, even in our youth,
We now forsake all to scale the heights of Mount Tabor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

We ever seek to know God’s will and to do it,
To follow in the steps of Jesus, our Savior.
In this new season our lives shall abound with fruit,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

In reflecting upon our seeking, following after, and pursuing God, I thought of the lyrics of the Don Moen song “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee.”

Psalm 63:1 and this ever-present truth about storms

October 7, 2016

psalm_63-1

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.

Matthew 5:6

 

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.

Desire the pure spiritual milk

March 20, 2016

1 Peter 2--2-3

Revised and re-posted is a previous blog entry:

The Verse of the Day for March 20, 2016 comes from 1 Peter 2:2-3 (Holman Standard Bible):

Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.

In a similar manner to that of a newborn who expresses a need for nourishment in the natural, so we as believers desire the “sincere milk of the word” whereby we may grow spiritually. Once an infant is hungry, he or she will make known the need for sustenance and cry out until that hunger is satisfied. The word translated “desire” is translated from the verb meaning to yearn or long for.

As we mature and grow up, having tasted the goodness of the Lord, we find that our appetite changes, or so it should. Hebrews 5:12-14 remind us of the change in diet that should take place:

12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.
13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right.
14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

As mature followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we demonstrate our desire for more of the life-sustaining Word of God, as we pursue spiritual matters. The following poem which relates to yesterday’s blog entry entitled “Fruit of the spirit abounding” also personalizes our yearning for more of God:

The Proof of Desire

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,
but especially that you may prophesy.
I Corinthians 14:1

The proof of desire is pursuit.
Mike Murdock

In each new season may our lives abound with fruit,
As we follow after God and seek His favor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

This passion to please is our relentless pursuit,
As we seek to taste His goodness and to savor.
In each new season may our lives abound with fruit.

As a seasoned tree is strengthened from leaf to root,
We flow with fullness of joy as we labor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

Though we may seek as silver His wisdom and truth,
This life swiftly passes, fleeting as a vapor.
In each new season may my life abound with fruit.

We have yearned for God’s presence, even as a youth
And now forsake all to scale the heights of Mount Tabor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

That we seek to know God’s will no one can dispute,
To follow in the steps of Jesus, our Savior.
In each new season may our lives abound with fruit,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

In reflecting upon the pursuit of spiritual matters, I thought of the lyrics of the Don Moen song “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee”

Still pursuing wisdom

January 23, 2016

James-1-5

The Verse of the Day for January 23, 2016 can be viewed as a follow-up to the Verse of the Day from yesterday where we focused our attention on the verbs, “ask, seek, and knock,” as revealed in Matthew 7:7-8. Today we are looking at the blog entry posted a year ago which has been modified, as we direct our attention to James 1:5 (NKJV) where we are encouraged to ask:

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

The Verse for Today brought to mind the exhortation to pursue wisdom. Asking God for wisdom can be seen as part of our pursuit of wisdom which we are asked to do, not only James 1:5 but throughout the Book of Proverbs as well. Note what Proverbs 2:4-6 has to say:

4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the LORD,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

The idea of pursuing wisdom brought to mind an incident that occurred almost fifty years ago. Having been drafted into the Army in 1967 during the Vietnam era, I was in basic training during the first weeks of the New Year. At the end of the training period, we were told to prepare for a thorough inspection of our barracks by the Inspector General. I recall that I had received my first pay which I had placed in the bottom of an empty stationery box that I had hidden underneath some of the clothing items that lined my footlocker. In my haste to prepare for the IG inspection, I inadvertently threw what I thought was an empty box into the trash which I later recalled having thrown into the dumpster behind the barracks. We passed the inspection with flying colors and our company performed well on the parade field, being selected as the group with the best formation. As a result we were given a pass to go into the neighboring town for the day.

As I went to get my pay which I had stashed away, I realized that I had thrown my month’s wages into the trash, as I remembered what I had done in preparing my footlocker for inspection. Without hesitation, I walked swiftly to the back of the barracks and climbed into the dumpster. In pursuing the object, I ignored the strange looks and snide comments and inquiries that asked “Johnson, what are you doing? What are you looking for?” I walked over to the area where I recall that I dumped the trash, and I diligently searched for and finally found the box that contained the money that I was looking for.

The Bible urges us to follow after or to pursue wisdom in the same manner that you would seek to find hidden treasures, such as silver or gold. In a similar manner, the object that I was seeking was more valuable to me than the embarrassment or inconvenience that I had to endure in order to obtain it. When I jumped into the dumpster without hesitation, I demonstrated the essence of message of the following poem:

In Pursuit of Wisdom

13 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man
who finds skillful and godly Wisdom,
and the man who gets understanding
[drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences],

14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver,
and the profit of it better than fine gold.

Proverbs 3:13-14 (AMP)

To cause to flee as one chases an enemy,
To relentlessly follow and then overtake,
As a hunter reads footprints and tracks down his game,
Likewise, wisdom arouses me as I awake.
Desire, a fire, flames the passion deep within me.
Though I have felt her touch and kissed her lips before,
As a lover pursues his beloved, so I
Yearn to be with wisdom, to know her even more,
Assured that all who pursue her shall also find.
As the sun rises to follow its daily course,
With zeal I seek wisdom with my heart, soul and mind,
As one traces a winding river to its source.
As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,
So I seek the Spirit of wisdom’s good pleasure.

Reflecting on an experience that occurred almost fifty years ago, I recognize that I am still asking for wisdom while earnestly seeking to find knowledge, understanding and all the attributes of God.

I conclude this blog entry with a song of worship that also came to mind, “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” with lyrics by Don Moen:

Seek the Lord: Seek His face

October 5, 2015

Isaiah_55-6The Verse of the Day for October 5, 2015 provides this directive from Isaiah 55:6 (NLT):

Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.

What does “seek the Lord” really mean? In the Old Testament, to seek the Lord means to seek “God’s presence,” which is often expressed as to seek His face.” In Psalm 27:7-9 (NKJV) we find this reference:

 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.

When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

9Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.

As believers we are ever seeking the Lord, as we desire or long to abide in His presence. Once again, the Psalmist makes known that in His presence is fullness of joy, at God’s right hand there are pleasures evermore. Throughout the Scriptures, we are encouraged to “Seek the Lord continually; seek his presence continually.”

With that exhortation to seek the Lord comes the assurance that if we will seek Him, we will find him. Jeremiah 29:11-13 offer this reassurance:

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

1 Chronicles 28:9 reiterates the same message that “If you seek him, he will be found by you.” And when you find that which you are seeking, you will find great reward: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”(Hebrews 11:6–NKJV)

Our quest of seeking the presence of God is ongoing, as the following poem reminds us:

Watching, Waiting, Seeking

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage,

and He shall strengthen your heart;

wait, I say, on the Lord!

Psalm 27:14

We are strengthened by the words of the bard gone blind,

Who said, “They also serve who only stand and wait.”

We look into the mirror of God’s word and find

That God has always been faithful and never late.

Once more we release the reigns, and we yield control.

Like Job we wait until at last our change shall come,

Assured that in patience we now anchor our soul.

May we not faint and fall by the wayside as some

But follow in Christ’s steps, as we quickly obey

And bear up under and yield fruit of endurance.

We must walk in God’s love, the more excellent way

And through faith and patience claim our inheritance.

In these perilous times we are yielded and still,

Watching, waiting, seeking to fulfill all God’s will.

In reflecting upon seeking the presence of God, I thought of the lyrics of the Don Moen song “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee”

Psalm 63: A series of songs inspired by the psalm

October 7, 2014

The Verse of the Day for October 7, 2014 is found in Psalm 63:1 in the King James Version:

Psalm_63-1

Fifteen years ago I was inspired to compose lyrics that I later compiled in a collection of songs, many of which were based on various passages from the Bible. Most providentially, one of the first of such songs was inspired by Psalm 63. Here is an original song based on that psalm:

O Lord, You Are My God

(from Psalm 63)

O Lord, you are my God,

Early in the morning will I seek you,

Before the rising of the sun.

You are the God of all creation,

Faithful and true, the Holy One.

 

My soul thirsts for you alone,

My flesh longs for you.

In a dry and thirsty land,

Only you can satisfy the deepest longing of my soul.

 

My soul follows hard after you.

Your righteous right hand always upholds me.

I long to follow your command.

 

My soul thirsts for you alone,

My flesh longs for you.

In a dry and thirsty land,

Only you can satisfy the deepest longing of my soul.

Only you can satisfy the deepest longing of my soul.

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 for these two songs, 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.

The Verse for the Day is taken from Psalm 63, the inspiration for the lyrics of three songs based on that magnificent Psalm of David.

Proof of desire is pursuit

March 20, 2014

milk bottle

The Verse of the Day for March 20, 2014 comes from 1 Peter 2:2-3 KJV:

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

In a similar manner to that of a newborn who expresses a need for nourishment in the natural, so we as believers desire the “sincere milk of the word” whereby we may grow spiritually. Once an infant is hungry, he or she will make known the need for sustenance and cry out until that hunger is satisfied. As we mature and grow up, having tasted the goodness of the Lord, we find that our appetite changes, or so it should. Hebrews 5:12-14 remind us of the change in diet that should take place:

12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.

13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right.

14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

As mature followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we demonstrate our desire for more of the life-sustaining Word of God, as we pursue spiritual matters. In the following poem I personalize this yearning for more of God:

The Proof of Desire

     Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,

     but especially that you may prophesy.

     1 Corinthians 14:1

The proof of desire is pursuit.

 Mike Murdock

In each new season may my life abound with fruit,

As I follow after God and seek His favor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

This passion to please is my relentless pursuit,

As I seek to taste His goodness and to savor.

In each new season may my life abound with fruit.

As a seasoned tree is strengthened from leaf to root,

I flow with fullness of joy as I labor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

Though I may seek as silver His wisdom and truth,

This life swiftly passes, fleeting as a vapor.

In each new season may my life abound with fruit.

I have yearned for God’s presence, even as a youth.

I now forsake all to scale the heights of Mount Tabor,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

I ever seek to know God’s will and to do it,

To follow in the steps of Jesus, my Savior.

In each new season may my life abound with fruit,

To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

In reflecting upon the pursuit of spiritual matters, I thought of the lyrics of the Don Moen song “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee.”