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Finding God in the Desert

This weekend we're looking at a powerful story from the life of David, the great king. It's a story that comes near the end. The bottom of a long, sad, downward spiral. And David finds himself once again in the desert, now running not from the crazed king Saul, but from his own son. Completely defeated and downcast, he writes one of the greatest Psalms of them all, Psalm 63.

The lines that are really grabbing me today are lines that set his physical circumstances and his inner reality side-by-side in contrast: "I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a cry and parched land where there is no water" (verse 1). "I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; and with singing lips my mouth will praise you."

David is saying that, in the midst of this desert experience, when everything in his life has fallen apart (again), God is enough. No ... MORE than enough. "God, with you -- because your love is better than life itself -- I am fully satisfied, like having just eaten this huge, gourmet, 4-course feast. God, you satisfy me more than anything else."

It makes me wonder ... is God enough? I mean, in the desert? When you're having a hard time paying your bills? When your son has betrayed you and run you out of town with an army? When your failures and mistakes come flying back in your face to remind you of how bad you blown it? David says, Yes. David found God in the desert, and it made all the difference.