Read: Psalm 63
It is a great technological achievement that we can launch probes into deep space. Scientists use the data sent back from the probes to study about planets or stars or any deep space objects. But think of the loss that would happen if on the way to an intended space object the probe gets caught in the gravitational pull of another insignificant object. Well, this may be happening in our spiritual lives.
When Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, He meant for them to begin a journey to fervently pursue Him. Followers of Christ have been launched into a trajectory that is defined by drawing closer and closer to Him. But in that journey, we are often distracted and yield to the gravitational pull of lesser, insignificant things. It may be money, fame, power, possessions, job, family, etc. When that happens, we stop our pursuit of Him and go into orbit around stuff that in the end is empty and unsatisfying.
Psalm 63 is the cure for lives stuck in wrong orbits. David pursued God, knowing that He alone could satisfy his inner longings because His “lovingkindness is better than life” (Ps. 63:3). The joy of God’s presence consumed every moment: “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches” (Ps. 63:6). David understood that true joy and purpose do not come in admiring God from a safe distance, but from chasing hard after Him (Ps. 63:8).
Let us get back on track and pursue an increasingly closer walk with God. Jesus Himself said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26). The closer we walk with God, the less room for anything to come between.