“Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say.” (Psalms 51: 12, the Passion Translation)
You can feel the deep desire in this prayer. He turns to God in expectation and seeks more than surface needs being met. It is an earnest plea for spiritual awakening and renewal. This prayer recognizes the importance of growth in understanding, a readiness for God’s inspiration, and an acknowledgment that a passion for life is to be found in obedience to God.
For God is Life and His Life is eternal, infinite, measureless, and full of Love. This true Life can’t diminish or be lost. It is always full, and it is always ours to claim and to reclaim, because it comes from God.
His intention is not one of stagnation or resignation. We may feel it easy to give up and give in to living without joy and enthusiasm. But when we obey God—recognize our enduring Oneness with Him Who is Life and is Truth and is Love—we are ready to listen to His guidance and to enjoy the blessing in that.
We can feel passionate about material things and endeavors, but a true passion goes beyond that. It is a spiritual quality that reveals the wonder of living from breakthrough to breakthrough, glory to glory, joy to joy.
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