Longing for something indicates a strong desire for something you have deemed to provide some sort of pay-off. You long for the company of a friend because of their humor or encouragement. Even addicts long for the source of their addiction because it provides some sort of pay-off, healthy or not. You don’t try to long for it–the longing just happens when the pay-off is in the forefront of your heart and mind.
If you lack a longing for the Lord, maybe you miss seeing His graciousness, His gifts, His mercy, His plan. Look for ways He provides wisdom, guidance, provision and the longing will come without trying.
Why are you a follower? That may be the jumping off point you need to seeing the pay-off. The longing will come when we understand all the Lord has done. If you still feel at a loss, read the entire Psalm 63. The Psalmist provides great points–how do they apply to your life?
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