“Do you live panting after someone more glorious than yourself?”

The pastor at the church I visited this past Sunday asked this question of us during his sermon and it has been on my mind since then. As much as I pay lip service to desiring to glorify God in all areas of my life, when it really comes down to it I think that’s all it is sometimes: lip service. I know that I do not desire God’s glory above my own. I know that I am not overwhelmingly, head-over-heels in love with Jesus. I know that I should be. Yet, I know that I am not.

So I have begun praying that God would extend grace to me in such a way that I fall in greater love with His Son; that I hunger and thirst for righteousness above all else; that I would honestly have a desire for Him and His glory that causes me to pant for Him.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. – Psalm 16:11

Lord, I confess that I do not love you as I should. I acknowledge that in my fallen state I seek my glory before your own, and I pursue the desires of my flesh rather than delighting in the things that bring you pleasure. For these things I once again fall on my face and seek grace and mercy through your son, Jesus. And I ask that you make known to me the path of life, that I might see that the fullness of joy is only to be found by abiding in your presence, where I will find the richest pleasures of my soul.