We Long for You | Isaiah 33:2
Isaiah 33:2 Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
The true believer longs for God. He desires a relationship that grows more personal and intimate as the years go by. She desires to experience God more fully and walk with Him more closely. And in this developing relationship, there are three things we desire.
We desire God's grace. Like a person who looks at his face in a lighted magnifying mirror, the closer we get to God we see more of our blemishes. The developing believer understands the great need for God's great grace. We long for spiritual blessings we need but don't deserve. We desire, in the words of the old hymn, grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt.
We desire God's strength. Like Christian in Pilgrim's Progress, we know the journey has many obstacles along the way. Circumstances slow us down and wear us out. Some people can help carry our load; others add to it. The growing believer understands his weaknesses and limitations. He longs for God's strength every morning.
We desire God's deliverance. Trouble hits us from all directions. Stress weighs down our heart. Sickness, job loss, separation, divorce...no one is immune from living in a sin-ridden world. But right there in the midst of our distress, God comes and delivers us. The situation doesn't always go away, but His peace passes all human understanding.
Father, we long for You. We are incapable of making this journey on our own. We long for Your grace, strength, and salvation. Thank You for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.