What restraint! What discipline! And what training for a dog to pray before his meal! How cute to see him balance on his haunches with his little paws together! However, it does seem like he is peeking longingly at his food. He can only hope that the signal to dig in comes quickly. Of course, this little pooch has no idea what he is doing. Like Pavlov’s dogs his sweet posture is part of “classical conditioning” with no true reverence for God involved.
Today’s verse puts a finger on exactly what separates us from animals. An animal, even if one argued that he had a soul, does not yearn for the Lord. His heart and flesh do not cry out to the living God. The longing for a relationship with the God of the universe is something beyond their capacity. But for man, it is exactly why we were created. God Himself put the idea and longing for eternity in the human heart (Eccl. 3:11). We are made to cry out for Him in our innermost being. Even just one day in His presence is better than one thousand days elsewhere (verse 10).
The Lord fills and completes me. When my relationship with Him is interrupted by my own wandering or indifference, it does not take long to feel something is missing. Feeling that lack I cry out to Him for that reassurance that He is there and that He still loves me. He always answers. And somehow, I am more human when I am connected to my Creator. The yearning is satisfied and it is “well with my soul.”
Thank you Lord, for completing me.