“Deep in the soul of every person on earth is a longing for the presence of God. But how do we get there?”

I’ve been using this summer to grow deeper roots, so it seems fitting that the last deliberate book I’m pulling from my “To Be Read” pile this summer is Experiencing the Presence of God, a collection of teachings from A. W. Tozer on the book of Hebrews.

According to the inside flap, this book challenges the status quo (I’ve had a LOT of that this summer), invites us to explore a fresh understanding of what it means to dwell in God’s presence, and leads us to experience the divine fulfillment for which we were created. As Tozer says, worship is not some performance we do, but a presence we experience.

I’m reminded of a passage from Psalm 42: “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? … Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me — a prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:1-2, 7-8 NIV)

Isn’t it time we all satisfied our deepest longing?

What about you? What do you long for? Have you found it? How deep are your roots growing?

Summer Reading – The Deepest Longing
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