Preparing for Worship: Thirsty Souls

Preparing for Worship: Thirsty Souls

John Haralson   •   September 1, 2017

From The Wizard of Oz

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....
My soul clings to you;      
     your right hand upholds me.

King David, Psalm 63

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale, 
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

Edward Mote, My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from the pivotal moment in The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and her companions have made a pilgrimage to Oz so they can see the mysterious and wonderful Wizard. They have heard stories and rumors of his power and goodness.

Yet, when they arrive, Dorothy’s dog, Toto, pulls back the curtain to reveal that the “Great Oz” is just a charlatan pulling levers and pushing buttons.

Their quest was based on a lie. 

Deep down, we all fear that there is a crushing falsehood behind the curtain. We question whether or not God is there. Or, more deeply, we question whether or not God loves us. 

This is a profound issue with which we all must wrestle: 

     Does God truly and deeply love me?

The totality of our lives is an outworking of how we answer that question. 

On Sunday, we will wrap up our summer’s journey through some of the Psalms. Once again, we find King David in trouble. And, once again, we find him turning to the Lord, trusting in God’s steadfast love for him.

This week: Psalm 63, Thirsty Souls. Liturgy is here. I hope to worship with you.

John