I seek you

You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
(Psalm 63:1; NIV). 

1. Father God, I seek you,
Mother God, I greet you,
Mighty God, transcending all,
Your Spirit falls like dew.

2. Father, I adore you,
Mother, I implore you,
Spirit, intercede for me,
Forgive me, make me new.

3. Father, you defend me,
Mother, you befriend me,
Spirit, plead within my soul
Till I am one with you.

4. Clouds and darkness hide you,
Yet I walk beside you
In the light of your dear Son,
For Christ is shining through.

For you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.
(Malachi 4:2; NLT). 

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12; NLT).

His face shone like the sun (Matthew 18:2; NIV).


References 

1. Transcendent power belongs to God (2 Corinthians 4:7; RSV). 

Your life-giving light will fall like dew on your people (Isaiah 26:19; NLT). 

Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew. Let my words fall like rain on tender grass, like gentle showers on young plants (Deuteronomy 32:2; NLT).

2. The Spirit, too, comes to help us in our weakness. For we don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit expresses our plea with groanings too deep for words. And God, who knows everything in our hearts, knows perfectly well what the Spirit is saying, because her intercessions for God’s holy people are made according to the mind of God (Romans 26:27; TIV). 

3. Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

So you also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT). 

4. Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV). 

He makes darkness his secret place, around him, his dwelling place, darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies (Psalm 18:11; LSV). 

You are a God who hides (Isaiah 45:15; CSB). 

Walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT). 

Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God (John 20:31; NLT). 

7 thoughts on “I seek you

  • Dear Alan, thank you so much for your very honest comment, which I very much appreciate, and I’m not a bit upset by it. God can indeed be our Father and our Mother at the same time, our bride and our bridegroom, because God includes and far, far transcends all human concepts such as gender.

    At the time many of the Bible books were written, patriarchy dominated pretty well every society. Women had very little power, very few rights of any kind, and essentially no choices. They were automatically seen by men as being inferior to men, and this was the perspective from which much of the Bible was written, and translated.

    However, despite this, The Bible still blessedly includes many images expressing the masculinity, femininity and total transcendence of God. Ideally, we need a pronoun that encompasses all this, but English doesn’t have such a word. When expressing God’s inspiration in poems, inclusive language is difficult to use. He/She, His/Hers type pronouns make rhythm impossible. Some writers use the word “Their” to refer to God, but that is awkward, too, though it does have an OT precedent. On the other hand, just repeating the word “God” every single time we need to refer to God is unhelpful. Any advice on how to manage all this when I’m writing would be gratefully accepted.

    My aim is to respectfully represent every aspect I can of God’s amazing, mysterious, transcendent and all-inclusive Being within, through and over us all. My understanding, and my level of faith development make it essential for me not to exclude 50% of all humanity just through my use of language.

    I can see that all this is an uncomfortable challenge which not everyone will be able to explore, tolerate, or accept. However, my understanding of God has grown, and I cannot continue to pray, or write, as if God is somehow limited to being solely “masculine”. That just wouldn’t make any sense to me.

    NB You might smile to know that I wrote my comment on your today’s blog before opening my emails, and seeing your very helpful comment there.

    ✝️ I continue to pray for you both, and for us all. With love from Ruth XXXX

    • Thank you so much for your message, Alan. Fortunately, we don’t have to agree, only to love one another with all our faults, and shortcomings, as we pray, learn, and grow towards unity with God, and with each other. I know this isn’t easy, but let’s try to respect each other’s stage of faith development and understanding, which is always going to be partial, limited and human, until after our death. Then, we will see God face to face, and understand more than we can possibly imagine at present. With love from Ruth XXXX

  • Er, God is male by His own choosing…..there is no mother God and there can never be! That is diametrically opposed to God’s own statement of Himself.

    In an age of gender equality, and letting people choose their own gender, why can we not a least let God determine His own gender too?!?

    Yours

    Andy B

    • Hi, Andy, thank you for your kind comment. All words are metaphors – attempts to convey the indescribable, really. The images I used today were a clumsy, but well-meant attempt to convey just a little of the totality of God’s transcendent Being. God is Spirit, far beyond all ideas of gender, which is what I was trying to express, but I clearly failed. I’m only human XXXXX

  • Bless you from the bottom of my heart, Krista. You are the only person to say that. Thank you so much. Just waiting at the hospital for a stack of blood tests. After that: I’ll be facing the lift! Hope you will have a blessed day. With love from Ruth xxxx

  • Hi, Alan, how are you? My prayers for you both continue every day, though I think you’ve stopped “speaking” to me, as you’re not responding to my comments, which puzzles me greatly. After long reflection on our recent correspondence, I’m writing an article about the difference between St. Paul’s attitude to women, and that of Jesus. When I was praying this morning, I felt it might be helpful for us both if I share it with you before I post it as a blog. The choice is yours, though – would you like to read and discuss it first? With love and blessings, as always, from Ruth XXXX

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