Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
As we read in Psalm 84:2, the psalmist expresses a deep longing for the presence of God. He describes his soul as fainting for the courts of the Lord. Also, his heart and flesh crying out for the living God. This is a beautiful and powerful image of what it means to desire God above all else.
The natural world around us provides many examples of this kind of longing. Think of the way a plant reaches for the sun or the way a bird migrates thousands of miles to reach its nesting grounds. These creatures are driven by an innate sense of purpose and longing that is hardwired into their very being.
In the same way, we were created to long for the presence of God. We were made to worship and to be in a relationship with Him. When we surrender our hearts to Him, we experience a deep sense of fulfillment and purpose that can be found nowhere else.
But like the psalmist, we must be intentional in our pursuit of God. We must cultivate a hunger and thirst for His presence, and seek Him with all our hearts. We must spend time in prayer, read His word, and worship Him with all that we are.
As we do so, we will find that our souls are refreshed and our spirits are renewed. We will experience the beauty of God’s presence in a way that fills us with joy and peace.
So let us take inspiration from the natural world around us. Also remember that just as the plant reaches for the sun and the bird migrates to its nesting grounds, we too were created to long for God’s presence. May we seek Him with all our hearts, and find our true fulfillment in Him alone.