The Paradox of Finding God
God will quench your thirst for His presence;
Only to leave you more thirsty for more of Him.
Recently, I read a phenomenal quote that I read in a book by A.W. Tozer called, ‘The Pursuit of God’. Writing about following God, Tozer states:
” To have found God and still pursue him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too easily satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the chidren of the burning heart. St. Bernard stated this holy paradox in a musical quatrain that will instantly be understood by every worshipping soul:
We taste thee, O thou living bread, and long to feast upon thee still;
We drink of thee, the fountainhead, and thirst our souls from thee to fill.
Come near to holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for him day and night, in season and out, and when they had found him the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.”
As Tozer describes, the great mystery of worship is that ‘tasting and seeing that the Lord is good’ causes one to be full, yet desire more of Christ at the same time. This is the beautiful tension every worshipper of Christ experiences. In fact, David put it well in Psalm 42:2 by saying, “My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
I encourage you to let your heart go hard after God. Place yourself in his word to receive revelation about who He is. Intentionally go and meet with God. If you find your worship life drying up it is because you have removed yorself from receiving revelation about who God is. Revelation from God sourced out of the word and the spirit becomes the fuel for the fire in every worshipper’s burning heart of service for Christ.