Ardent Pursuit

Years ago I read a book that changed my walk with the Lord. If you have never read “Pursuit of God” by A. W. Tozer, I highly recommend it. His life was from 1867-1963. His ardent pursuit of God stirred my heart. At the end of each chapter he wrote out his prayer. As I repeated them, they became my own in crying out for intimacy.

They reminded me of Psalm 42:1-2. It says, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” The ‘pant’ was from a deer knowing that if it could not get to water it would die.

Tozer would cry out in his prayers with words like: Lord I’m thirsty, but make me thirsty still, I long to long for You, I desire to desire You. His prayers stirred me to adopt David’s words from Psalm 63:1-2 as my own. 

Let your own heart echo David’s. Let his words stir up any dry areas in your heart, and water them with deep longings. It says, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”

Psalm 63:8 Amplified says, “My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

The world constantly lures us into its system. The devil sets sin-traps to derail us. Our flesh lusts. Our spirit cries out for the Lord. When we abide in Him through intimate communion, the power of the lures is broken.

David was called a man after God’s own heart. Read his heart-words in Psalm 18:1-2. It says, “I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

David had one desire. He expressed it in Psalm 27:4 which says, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”

We are the temple of the Lord. We have been bought with a price. The Moravian’s were a group of believers with an ardent pursuit of God. In 1732 two of those young men heard that there were African slaves on St. Thomas Island with a hunger for God. They had no one to share the gospel with them.

As those two young men boarded the ship, knowing they would never return, they called out, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of His suffering.” They had a burning desire for Jesus to be made known to others.

That is our purpose in life. However we need to know Him in order to make Him known. What do you know about the Lord experientially? Ephesians 3:19 Amplified says, “(That you may really come) to know (practically, through experience for yourselves) the love of Christ…”

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