“Do not cast me away from Your Presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:11
By the time I turned thirteen I had mastered the art of the “warm-up.” When I desired a specific response from my parents I would spend time with them. If they were watching “Walker Texas Ranger,” so was I. I appeared interested by “oohing and aahing” at all the right moments. I’d ask questions and give the impression of being invested in the storyline. Once the program was over I would make conversation by asking various questions about their day. Afterwards, I would thoughtfully compliment them and then, at last, ask my question; the real motive behind my charade, finally, revealed. Years later I discovered the truth – my parents always knew. I never had them fooled.
My friends, we don’t have God fooled, either. He knows if our motivation for seeking Him is pure. He is aware if we come for His heart or for what’s in His hand. Let’s pause and perform a heart assessment. Do we tell Him we love Him and rehearse His goodness because we want a specific response from Him or because we just want Him? There is a big difference between the two.
Rest assured – it’s not wrong for us to ask God for things. That’s welcomed, in fact. Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.” We have to be careful, however, to not get so consumed with Him meeting our need that we forget He’s not our genie. He’s our Father; as such, He desires a real relationship with His children.
Parent-child relationships do not thrive if the child only communicates with the parent when they are asking for something. The parent, instead, feels used. They don’t feel loved and cherished. Their relationship, in turn, lacks vibrancy and enjoyment. That’s not what I want for us. Especially when Jesus came and died for us to have a flourishing relationship with our
In Psalm 51:11 David penned these words, “Do not cast me away from Your Presence and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.” He had witnessed the Lord’s rejection of Saul and the departure of His Spirit. He understood that, more than anything, He desperately needed the Presence of God. It was the single most important thing.
Psalm 73:25 says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.” This is my prayer for us. That we would desire Him more than anything. I think it begins by laying our agendas aside and coming to Him simply to be with Him. As we do, we will see and experience the truth – He alone is our exceedingly great reward. Serving Him is not a means to an end with the focus on blessings, but rather on the Lord Himself. He has always been more than enough.