My soul clings to the dust;
give me life according to Your word!
Life according to God’s word is life according to His sword.
In the word we are given the mirror of God’s holy eyes to judge the true state of our souls, and by its piercing revelation we are continually brought to repentance. This is the kindness of God to give us His life in abundance.
Life eternal is to know the Father and the Son; and the abundance of that life working within and flowing forth from the vessel will be in proportion to the depth and efficacy of this relationship.
Those in God’s house are those who have the Son and thereby have life; but how many of them have that life in abundance? If we but looked into His mirror, we should stand aghast at our estate before falling on our faces as one dead. The children of God are those whom He knows; but the co-heirs with Christ are those who partake of and know Him, even through the suffering of death (Rom 8:17). The apostle Paul, of whom many teachers today speak so glibly as if they knew the man, cried out near the end of his ministry…
…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection,
and may share His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death,
that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
There is no higher resurrection than Christ’s, there is no suffering greater than His, and there is no death more final than His. O, that we by any means possible might attain to these! Let HIM be the measure of our life! For then our souls in gladness shall ever cling to He who alone gives life, and not to the dust of our wilderness.
If we do not ask, we shall not receive; but if we do not know the depth of our need, we shall never continue asking. And the Lord is refreshed by our asking.
“If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”
“My soul clings to the dust;
give me life according to your word!”