Confession 165: God and Chocolate Cake

I’m thinking of Psalm 42 this morning as I engage in yet another abbreviated devotional time.  I’ve been doing a full-time sub job the past three weeks, and it and my children have thrown my routine off a bit.  In this psalm, the psalmist compares his love for the Lord to a deer panting for streams of water.  His soul cannot be quenched until he has been with God.

Sometimes I wish I could respond to the Word as well as I respond to a big slice of soft, decadent chocolate cake.  I can’t resist–EVER!  Yet, when I’m busy and have a schedule to keep, I will resist God’s pull into his Word from which comes my strength, hope, and focus for the day.  So, my challenge to myself today is less cake, more God.  He will fill me up without packing on the pounds!

1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
   so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
   When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food
   day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
   “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember
   as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
   under the protection of the Mighty One[d]

with shouts of joy and praise
   among the festive throng. 
 Blessings and Peace!

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