One of the definitions given for desperate in Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary is as follows;
involving or employing extreme measures in an attempt to escape defeat or frustration <made a desperate leap for the rope>
At many times in the Psalms we see either David or one of the other writers expressing how desperate they were for the Lord to act in their lives. At times David was surrounded on all sides by enemies. His only source of comfort was the Lord. He knew only God could help him in his situation. He desperate to see the Lord act.
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?
O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
And in the night season, and am not silent. Psalm 22:1-2
Understand that God has promised His children that He would never forsake us (Deut. 4:31, Heb 13:5). He is with us at all times, but there are times when it feels as if he has. David was going through one of those times. His heart was desperate to see God act. He cried to God day and night for an answer.
How many of us have felt like this at one time or another? Our world seems to be falling apart and God is so silent. Like Job we sit in an ash heap scraping our sores with a pot shard. If you are believer in Christ you will have or will face a situation something like this, but it is for your benefit, not your destruction. It’s that desperate cry of the heart that pushes us to Jesus. It’s a time of coming to realize that you are nothing without Him and He is all that matters.
At 37 I was content with life. I was happily married to a beuatiful young wife and had 2 young children. I had a good job and was a leader in my church. With in the space of a year it all came crashing down. In that year, I lost my health and required 3 major surgeries to replace two knees and a hip. Then my wife developed mental illness and as a result we separated and I lost my family. I also lost my job due to stress and finally, due to problems in choosing a new pastor for our church, I became a scapegoat and wound up leaving the only church I had ever known. I guess you could say I became quite desperate. My whole world now consisted of a small room at my mom’s house and the mattress I was lying on became my ash heap. In my desperation I called out to God as I had never done before. The Psalms became my most cherished book, because I saw that even though the psalmists were in desperate situations they knew the end of it all. That God was faithful no matter what they were facing. They knew God would not let them down. In each of those the Psalms where they cried out in desperation by the end of it they were singing a different song. They had hope. In their desperation they drew near to Him and He drew near to them. For all I went through, God used it for His glory and He changed me for the better. In my desperation I found a newer and deeper relationship with my King and it was shortly after that the calling came for me to go into full time ministry. He has restored much to me and more. You say but Gerry, you’re divorced! God will take care of that one day. It’s in His hands.
There is something that I want you to realize and it is this, God doesn’t only want us to be desperate for Him when we are facing desperate situations. He wants us to be desperate for Him at all times. He longs for hearts full of fire who long for nothing but him. He wants us to be desperate for Him in the good and the bad times. He wants our lives to be filled up with Him. The Psalmist says,
As the deer pants for the water brooks,So pants my soul for You, O God. Psalm 42:1
The Church is lacking that today. We have forgotten what it is like to be desperate. We fill up our lives with so many things and those things replace our relationship with the One who has created us. We are not thirsting and hungering after the Lord the way our forefathers used to. The church is not as it should be and God is about to change that. There is a time of persecution coming like no church in North America has ever known. It is only just starting and we sees glimpses of it now and then. There is one thing that persecution does, it separates the wheat from the chaff and makes those left desperate. This is a good thing because through it the church will grow once again and become whom she should be before our Lord returns.
Let’s get desperate now. Let’s not wait for that to happen. Desperation has to be our hearts cry not only for our relationships with Christ but for a lost and dying world that is perishing not knowing the love that Christ has for them.
Oh Lord we are desperate for you, make us even more desperate.
33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;
Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
For I delight in it.
36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
And not to covetousness.
37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.
38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
Who is devoted to fearing You.
39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Your judgments are good.
40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;
Revive me in Your righteousness. Psalm 119