Today is the first day of our countdown to the release of The 30 Day Praise Challenge. Throughout the month, I’ll be writing brief thoughts on praise. And because I’m in the mood to party, every day Monday –Friday, I’ll be giving away prizes. In order to win a prize you must leave a comment. Each day I’ll pull a name from the comments and that person will win a prize. Today’s prize is a $10.00 I-Tunes gift card!!
So here’s my thought today. God gave us praise to fill a longing in our hearts. We were created with the desire to adore something or someone. The sons of Korah who wrote Psalm 84 describe a longing so deep and intense that it feels as though they will pass out if that yearning is not met. Psalm 84:1 -2 reads, “My soul yearns, even faints for he courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” I like to call this longing the divine ache. The Divine ache is a deep seated loneliness that only God can fill.
In our lives, one reason for soul weariness is that rather than embracing the divine ache, we run from it or, try to fill it with other things. The other things can even be good things; spouse or significant other, family, friends, ministry, job, or, humanitarian efforts. Instead of running from the divine ache – why not embrace it?
In your opinion, what do you think it means to “embrace” your ache for God? Leave a comment and I’ll enter your name into the drawing to win an I-Tunes gift card. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow morning, so be sure to check back!