“Desiring Intimacy with God”

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Psalms 42: 1, 2 (KJV):

“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O
 God, for the living God…..”

“As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I truly am thirsty for you, my
 God. In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God…..(CEV).”

The doctrine of “intimacy” has to do with being closely connected or
attached to someone in a real and personal way; not just being acquainted
or familiar with someone, but having a connection with them. Or, as Homer
put it, “Two bodies with one soul inspired.”

Every person longs and desires to be closely connected, and have intimacy
with someone.

A.W. Tozer said, “God “wills” that we should “push” into His presence,
and live our whole lives there…..It is a life to be enjoyed every moment of
every day.” It is God‟s desire that we have intimacy and be connected with
Him. Like the woman with an issue of blood for twelve years, who pushed
her way through to the Lord just to be able to touch the hem of His garment.
That‟s what the Lord desires for us to do; to forge and push our way into
His presence.

The story is told of two artists being asked to paint a picture illustrating
perfect peace. The first artist painted a picture of a beautiful evening
sunset; in the foreground he painted a picture of a lake, with its surface
absolutely calm and unruffled, surrounded by trees with meadows stretching
far into the distance, with a cottage and cattle‟s grazing in a lushful green
pasture. All of this suggested perfect peace.

The second artist painted a picture of a wild stormy scene, with heavy dark
threatening and ominous clouds hanging overhead. In the center of the
picture he painted a huge waterfall spewing out voluminous of water; one
could almost hear the roaring sound. Beneath the falling water he painted a
picture of a small bird perched on the cleft of a rock, singing sweet and

melodious sounds, absolutely unaffected by all of the agitation and
disturbance going on around it.

That‟s what it means for us to be in the presence of the Lord; it gives us the
assurance of being protected from threatening circumstances and agitation
that is going on all around us. It gives us the assurance that no matter
what‟s going on, that everything is going to be alright, and no harm shall
come upon us.

The songwriter probably said it best when he said, “What have I to dread,
what have I to fear_____ I have blessed peace with my Lord so near.
Leaning on His everlasting arms, I feel safe and secure from all alarms,
from all disturbances, free from all trepidation, free from all apprehensions,
and free from all frightening experience. Being in the presence of the Lord
guarantees us of tranquility and peacefulness. Only in His presence do we
have such assurance.

There‟s a charismatic madness and frenzy sweeping the landscape of many
protestant churches today; where worship leaders are actually trying to
arouse, lure, entice, fascinate, charm, and seduce worshipers into a false
sense of worship, by exhorting the people of God to applaud, applaud,
applaud; stand, stand, stand; say amen, amen, amen; raise hands, hands,
hands; some even “teach” worshippers to imitate the sound of utterance in
tongues. Yet, when the worshippers leave the sanctuary they have a sense of
void and emptiness; as though their experience was lacking and nothing
more than a sham or counterfeit, and was nothing more than a moment of
orchestrated spiritual aerobics without ever feeling or experiencing the
presence of God.

While the people of God might be led through well orchestrated spiritual
aerobics on Sunday morning, it does nothing to satisfy or appease their
spiritual hunger, and is tantamount to nothing more than an exercise in
futility and frivolousness. The genuine and serious worshipper recognizes
that the entire process is nothing more than chicanery or trickery.

So, then, why do the people of God do it? Simple, they are “panting” and
“thirsty” for they Living God, and they are willing to do anything to feel and
experience His presence. They are parched and dry; dehydrated; they are

salivating and drooling, and are willing to try anything in order to get to the
Water Brook, the Living Water in order that they might not “ever” thirst
again. Somebody shout out “Lord give me a drink of this water that I may
“NEVER” thirst again.”

“As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O
God…..As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I am truly thirsty for You,
my God. In my heart, “I AM THIRSTY” for You, the Living God…..”

One thing that we need to be cognizantly aware of, and that is, God is
everywhere. No place can be deprived of His presence; God is present in all
places all the time. In every city, every state, every street, every
neighborhood, in every field and in every mountain God is there. God is in
all places with all creatures; He‟s a constant companion of everyone who
loves Him. However, just because God is in our midst, it does not mean that
we are in His presence.

The Psalmist says, “Where shall I go to flee from thy presence? If I ascend
up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold thou are
there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of
the sea; even there will you be…..” Simply put, there‟s no place, “no place”
that man can go to escape the presence of God; and not that He will arrive
at some point, He‟s already there.

So, just how does a person go about satisfying and quenching their spiritual
thirst? How do they satisfy their yearning and longing to enter into the
presence of God?

Romans 5:2, 3 (KJV) says, “We have peace with God through our Lord
Jesus Christ: by whom also we have „access‟ by faith into this grace wherein
we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

“For because of our faith, He has brought us into this place of highest
privilege where we now stand (BY OUR FAITH HE HAS BROUGHT US),
and we confidently (assured) and joyfully (celebrating) look forward to
actually becoming all (whole, total, everything) that God has in mind for us
to be. We can rejoice too, when we run into problems and trials for

we know that they are good for us (TLB).”

This dimension of the manifest presence of God, can be experienced by every
believer at any time; we don‟t have to wait until we walk into the sanctuary
on Sunday morning and hear the musicians playing, or the people of God
singing spontaneous praises. We can enter into the presence of God at any
time, at any moment, and at any place, providing that we are worthy and fit
to do so. Throughout every day of our lives, we should be able to touch and
experience the presence of God whenever we need Him.

The “only” way that we can enter into, and experience the presence of God
is, by having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and having received
baptism of the Holy Spirit. No relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy
Spirit, no experiencing the presence of God.

Jesus says, “I and my Father are one (John 10:30).” Again He said, “No
man cometh unto the Father, but BY ME (John 14:6).” Jesus says, “I am
the Way___ Yes, and the Truth and the Life. No one (NO ONE) can get to
the Father “except” by means of Me (TLB).”

While this wild frenzy and excitement is taking place at some churches on
Sunday mornings, where people are lifting holy hands, doing holy dances,
laying on hands and rubbing cooking oil on people, and some even imitating
speaking in tongues, may look authentic and genuine, but none of this gives
us access or equips us, or prepare us, or condition us to enter into or
experience the presence of our Holy God. The “only” way for us to
experience the presence of God is, by connecting and establishing intimacy
with Jesus Christ.

Is your soul thirsty and dehydrated for the Living God today? Would you
like to drink of the Living Water and have your soul never thirst again? Are
you tired of panting, and being thirsty, dehydrated, and longing and
yearning to experience the presence of God? If you said yes, you can end
your thirst today by surrendering your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and
receive baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Our closing hymn for today is; “I am Thine, O Lord.”

“I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, and it told Thy love to me; but
 I long to rise in the arms of faith, and be closer drawn to Thee.

 Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, by the power of grace divine; Let
 My soul look up wit a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in Thine.

 Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to Thy precious bleeding

Let us pray: “Father, under gird us; sustain us; empower us, and strengthen
us in order that we might live for You and do Your will, because we are
aware that You desire nothing less, and request nothing more. Amen.”

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