SALEM MAR THOMA CHURCH
EASTERN LONG ISLAND NEW YORK

 
Our Vicar: Rev. V. T. Thomas
Message from Rev. V. T. Thomas

11/1/2021 6:48:32 PM

THIRST FOR THE LIVING GOD

"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God"( Psalms 42:1)

Praise be to the Triune God, Let us all thank God for enabling us to enter into another month, may God shower his manifold blessings up on us all and heal our mind and soul. Our lives are like water, always flowing forward in the streams of time. When we encounter anything unexpected, and don't have another choice to take up so we flow with the obstacles. Today we are flowing around many obstacles in our lives and it flows in many diversions which don't come to an end. Where are we flowing to? To whom we are thirst for? These are some of the questions which arise in our mind. As we meditate upon Psalm 42:1-2, there we see the great desire of the psalmist for God. He used the imagery of a deer that pants for water. The thirsty deer runs long distance for water. The psalmist thirsts for God like the deer thirsts for water. He asks himself: "When can I go and meet with God"? (Verse 2). On those days it was the common belief of all nations that each god had their own dwelling place and the geographical boundaries of their power and influence. The people of Israel believed that the Lord Jehovah was their own God and Jerusalem is his dwelling place. So it's very clear that at the time the psalmist was away from Jerusalem. The great thirst for the Lord is admirable. The psalmist was longing to be in His sanctuary.

Beloved in Christ, Here what we have to meditate is about our desires to be in communion with God. In our life we run into many obstacles that will see incredibly difficult to face and some may seem almost impossible to overcome. We need to understand that there is one God who surpasses all human understanding and keeps us safe and sound in his hands secure. During this pandemic, we really need to introspect in ourselves that whether we thirst for the living God or not. When the pandemic began, most of our churches have been closed. Then we started thirsting for God. But most of the people built an altar at home. Where are we now? Are we thirsty for the presence of God? How far we can be in a personal relationship with God? Do we feel the need to be in communion with God? Let's examine in ourselves and dedicate ourselves to be with God all the days of our lives. May God bless us all. Amen.

Church: 45 N Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
Parsonage: 147 New Highway, Commack, New York 11725
Tel. 631-343-7343 (Home) 516-234-2657 (Mobile)
Email � vicar@salemmtc.org


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