A Dry And Thirsty Land Where No Water Is

 

My brother Glenn is the cattleman in our family. When I look at a cow or steer I see only various cuts of meat. He sees conformation, genetics, feed conversion, birth weights, reproductive capacity, herd health, and marketability. He also sees an opportunity to involve the cattle industry in spreading the love and good news of Jesus Christ to “the least of these” especially among the poor and unreached people around the world. At the time of writing this in August for publication in October, Glenn and a group of cowmen, missionaries and students from Berry College are in Peru teaching AI, ET and other technical practices to leaders of the Peruvian cattle industry, and doing children’s ministry and outreach all in the name of Jesus Christ. By the time you read this article the Cattle for Christ, “Moving ‘Em Out for Missions” dispersal sale will have taken place on September 5. On behalf of Glenn and Cattle for Christ International I want to thank every one of you who have shared in this ministry. I invite you to continue to be part of this ministry as they seek to rebuild their herd over the next few years. The ministry belongs to the Lord. The cows belong to the Lord. The money belongs to the Lord. The people belong to the Lord. The glory belongs to the Lord. It is a blessing to serve Him together by serving others in His name. The greatest blessing of all is to know Him and to live in Him and to have Him live in us as we follow Jesus Christ by faith.

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite Psalms. Psalm 63 is known as the morning hymn of the early church. You may know that the Psalms were written as hymns of worship and set to music. The early church continued to use these hymns as they worshipped Jesus Christ the Messiah and Savior, the Son of God. You may recognize this Psalm as the source of a praise song popular today.

O God, Thou art my God; I will seek Thee early; My soul thirsts for Thee, My flesh longs for Thee, in a dry and thirsty land where no water is. Thus I have beheld Thee in the sanctuary, to see Thy power and Thy glory. Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise Thee. So I will bless Thee as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Thy name. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember Thee on my bed, I meditate on Thee in the night watches, for Thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to Thee; Thy right hand upholds me. But those who seek my life to destroy it will go into the depths of the earth. They will be delivered over to the power of the sword; they will be a prey for foxes. But the king will rejoice in God; Everyone who swears by Him will glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.

I have often wondered how David emphasized the words of the first phrase of this psalm as he spoke and sang them. “O God, Thou art my God.” You, and You alone, The Creator of all, The Ruler and Owner of all, God Most High, The One and Only True God, not the gods of the nations, not the idols and false gods of men, You are my God!

“O God, Thou art my God.” You are not just the God of my fathers or of my people but my God. You are not just the God that I have heard about but you are the God I know through faith and personal experience. You are my God!

“O God, Thou art my God. You are my Lord. You are the One that I worship, love, serve, follow and obey. You are my highest priority and greatest love. You are my hope and my joy, my refuge and my strength. You are the one who gives me life and the one for whom I live. You are my God!

The statement is equally true and precious wherever we place the emphasis. And we will benefit from each way of understanding it. When God is my God I will seek Him early and earnestly the way a thirsty man seeks water, the way a starving man seeks food. The sad thing is that we can have all we want of God but that so often we want so little of Him and therefore we do not have Him at all. In Jeremiah 29:13 God says, “And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” God says in Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” In Hebrews 11:6 the Bible says But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Jesus promised, ”Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.” God reveals Himself to those who want to know Him enough to seek after Him and find Him through repentance and faith in Jesus His Son who died for our sin and whom He raised from the dead to be our Savior and Lord. In a dry thirsty world where no water is, only He can satisfy. And He does satisfy. Completely. Forever.

 

                                                   Steve Crumpler

                                                   London, KY




Devotions by Year

  • Even Bulls Can Learn To Get Along
  • Changed Minds
  • Today is the Day
  • Sometimes We See What's Not There
  • Why Do You Farm?
  • Misplaced Aggression
  • Feasting On Filler
  • 'Get Some Rest': Not As Easy As It Sounds
  • Lessons From Freddy
  • Just Tired and Reflecting
  • Safe Pasture
  • Sin: Just Like Fall Army Worms
  • Blood Cleanses
  • Just Cute Little Harmless Pups
  • Life: A Series of Pipping
  • Just Because He Loves Us!
  • No Excuses!
  • Oh! Now You Tell Me!
  • Live Like You Were Dying
  • But You Didn't Tell Me!
  • Time to Choose
  • A Gift for the Man Who Has Everything and Realizes That He Really Has Nothing
  • Celebrate the Harvest
  • Falling Stars
  • Easier To Lead Than To Drive
  • Weeds, Weeds, Weeds!
  • Grace Is Like Grits
  • We Can’t Do It ‘Ourselves’!
  • I Wouldn’t Make a Good Cowboy
  • What Are We Thinking?
  • Your Walk Talks
  • Activity is No Substitute for Reproduction
  • Who Would Have Ever Thought It?
  • Thankful for Boundaries
  • Cover It Up Or Fix The Problem?
  • What Will Your Legacy Be?
  • I Wish I Had Been There! I Wish I Had Not Forgotten!
  • If God Can Use a Dove....?
  • Hope In The Midst Of Hopelessness
  • I Don't Know You!
  • Like A Straddled Squirrel
  • Sounding the Alarm: This Is Not a Test!
  • Don’t Let The Urgent Keep You From The Most Important
  • We Never Know Who We Have In The Basket
  • Uh Oh--Jesus' Got Toothpaste On His Head!
  • A Moment of Silence is like Preg Checking a Bull
  • A Chicken's Right to Choose
  • Got to Leave Right Now! What Do I Take With Me?
  • He is Able—But if He Does Not!
  • Declarations of Independence: Properity or Destruction?
  • Blackie: One In A Hundred-In More Ways Than One
  • Who Is Holding On The Tightest?
  • That Must Have Been 20 Years Ago!
  • It's Almost Time
  • Keeping Me Awake At Night
  • Better Be Dressed
  • CHRISTMAS My Favorite Time of the Year
  • A Nation Without God is a Nation Without Hope
  • Bush Hogging During a Severe Drought?
  • When the Heart Dies—the Whole Body Dies With It
  • Depopulate and Eradicate (or) Expiate and Propitiate
  • If I Could Only Say One Thing and Had One Last Chance to Say It
  • Go Ahead and Jump Son—Daddy Will Catch You
  • The Final Dispersal
  • Chicken Piping—He Sees Them All
  • “Takes the Teeth Out”
  • Making It Harder Than It Is
  • HOPE IN THE PIT
  • Why Was He Born?
  • What to do when you don’t know what to do
  • A Dry And Thirsty Land Where No Water Is
  • If Only These People Will Change
  • Go Fishing—You Never Know What You Might Catch
  • Some Droughts are Preventable
  • Celebrating ‘True Freedom’
  • Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • Victory Through Surrender
  • Responding Like a Sick Calf?
  • Our Life’s Investment: A Time for Reflection
  • Preg Checking: Open! Bred! I Ain’t Sure!!
  • Confidence To Face The New Year
  • Two Virgins and a Baby—The Irony and the Gift of Christmas
  • Precious Moments in the Calving Pasture
  • Working On a Building
  • What is the Foundation of Your Faith?
  • To Walk on Water—You Have to Step Out of the Boat
  • Only One Life to Live
  • The Uniqueness of a Mother’s Love
  • A Prayer That God Will Always Answer
  • Lessons from a Boar
  • When You Have Done All You Can Do to Stand: Stand Firm
  • Lowing in the Distance
  • Not My Dirty Feet!
  • THE RICH FAMILY IN CHURCH
  • Where did it go CFCI devotional
  • The Day ‘Tater’ Died
  • Life’s Lessons from the Chicken Yard
  • RESOLUTION OR SOLUTION?
  • Christmas Choices
  • BROKEN CISTERNS
  • Experiencing God in the Calving Pasture
  • FAMILY: On and Off the Farm
  • Unity is More Than Important—It is Absolutely Essential
  • God, I’m not ______________. I AM!
  • The Rod and the Staff
  • The Good Shepherd Leads the Way
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Blessed to be a Blessing
  • Mama Should Have Named Me Martha
  • FENCES: On the Farm & In Our Lives
  • The Harvest Depends on the Heart
  • The Gospel & Our Response to God's Grace
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