By: Sammy Ramos, Lead Pastor/Planter, Cistern Church, HCPN Finishing Resident
April 13, 2018
Psalm 63:1 -
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
David wrote this Psalm while was in the wilderness of Judah and far away from the presence of God. We’ve all sensed at one time or another that we’re far away from where we are meant to be, in our own wilderness. I think one big difference between David and us, is that he recognized what was missing: the presence of God. We can get so caught up in our routines and systems that when the presence of God is removed from our lives or churches, we simply think that a tweak to the system is all that is needed to get everything back on track. We just need to fix our processes, get a little more sleep, liven up the worship set, or get friendlier greeters. David didn’t just want a working system. More than anything, he longed for the presence of God.
A few weeks ago my wife heard a sermon on Psalm 63 and began praying for personal revival. She began earnestly seeking God and prayed to tangibly feel God moving and working in her life as she had in other seasons. While driving the kids to school, listening to the local christian radio station, a song came on that she found particularly annoying. She was about to change the station, but before she could even reach over she heard a little voice singing along with the song. She looked over to the passenger seat and saw my 8 year old son, not only singing along, but sobbing as he struggled to get the words out. “What’s wrong?!” she asked. He replied, in between sobs, “Nothing...it’s just...God is so good!” God answered my wife’s prayer in the car that day. She saw 8 years of gospel ministry and faithfulness beginning to bear fruit in the life a young man. For a mom whose soul was thirsting for the presence of God in her own life, seeing a little stream of God’s goodness spring up in the car seat next to her was enough to begin to satisfy her soul.
As we, the Church in Houston, begin praying for revival, I pray that we will be as united when these prayers begin to be answered as we were when began this journey praying together. When the church down the street begins to experience revival before our congregation does, will our hearts be satisfied and even overjoyed knowing that God is moving and answering prayer, or will we begin tweaking our systems out of envy? If revival is going to come to Houston it is going to start somewhere. I pray that it begins with me. I pray it begins with my church! But even if it doesn’t, if revival breaks out in the car seat next to me or even in the church next next door, will I quench the Spirit’s work or will I be found faithfully fanning the flames of revival?
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you, my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen your power and glory in my own life. You have saved me. I’ve experienced, first hand, your steadfast love and it is better than life. For that, my lips will praise you. Empower me with your Holy Spirit to boldly proclaim the name of Jesus to every man woman and child you have called me to. In fulfilling this gospel call, may my soul be satisfied, not by the work or the ministry or even the fruit, but in You and in You only.