“O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirstetth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is”  (Psalm 63:1).

David wrote this psalm when he was in the wilderness of Judah. “My God” are the two important words that denotes the personal relationship with God. Having a personal relationship with the LORD is the secret of receiving God’s blessings. Instead of struggling to receive the blessings, take a decision to do all possible things to enhance a personal relationship with The LORD God Almighty. This month, spend more time worshipping the LORD, praying to God, meditating God’s Word and fellowshipping with the saints. “My God” is not just a statement but a personal relationship with God. There is a big difference between saying “O God” and “My God”. On the Cross, Jesus establishes His relationship with His Father by saying, “My God, My God …” David, having known of God’s power, glory and loving kindness praised God in order to know the LORD in a more intimate and personal way.

Jacob puts forth five conditions to claim God as his God even when the LORD promised His presence to him. He decided that he would wait for the fulfillment of God’s promises to claim God as his own God. “…..then shall the LORD be my God” (Genesis 28: 20-21).  Thomas would not believe except he saw in His hands the print of the nails, and put his finger into the print of the nails, and thrust his hand into His side. He claimed “My Lord and my God” only after he saw the risen LORD (John 20:28). He would not believe until he saw. But unlike Jacob and Thomas, David although he was in great distress and trouble, did not wait till he was delivered to claim the LORD as his God. His soul thirsted and flesh longed for the LORD in a dry and thirsty land where no water is. Difficulties did not change his personal relationship with God. Let nothing or no one alter the relationship that you have with your God, even if the LORD does not deliver you. The reason why Ruth was immensely blessed was her personal relationship with God. She said, “Thy God shall be My God” (Ruth 1:16). The blessings that can be got by claiming God as our God are:

  1.  MY GOD WILL HEAR ME: “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and He did hear my voice out of His temple, and my cry did enter into His ears” (2 Samuel 22:7). When David was in distress, he had a personal relationship with the LORD by crying “My God.” This brought answers to his prayer. This passage is taken from David’s song of victory. David lived a life of a fugitive when King Saul hunted for his life. David had to live in deserts, mountains, forests and caves. He could have killed Saul but he spared his life twice and waited for God’s intervention. When he was in distress, he offered the above prayer. The LORD answered his cry and delivered him from all enemies. When he prayed, he claimed God as his God. “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer ….. my rock ….. my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior…..” (2 Samuel 22: 2-3). Can you see David’s personal relationship with God in his prayer? Lack of personal relationship in our prayer is the reason for the delayed answers to our prayer. In fact, the purpose of prayer is a personal relationship with God. Establishing a personal relationship with God brings answers. How could David claim the LORD as his God? The reason is David’s life of love. Anyone who loves God will claim God as his own God. “O God ….. early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is” (Psalm 63:1). The LORD loves those who love Him and those who seek Him will seek Him early. See the love and passion that David had for the LORD. The result of this passion was that he sought Him early. Who can claim the Almighty God as his own? Only those who love The LORD. Decide to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, strength. Tell Him, “LORD! I will do all things possible to express my love to you.” David’s life of love made him personalise his LORD, as his God.
  1. MY GOD WILL PROTECT ME: “My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt” (Daniel 6:22). Daniel was a man of God, yet he had to pass through some difficulties in His life. The law of the land said that no one should pray to anyone else but to the King Darius. But Daniel could not change or alter his prayer life. It was Daniel’s habit to open his window towards Jerusalem, kneel down upon his knees three times a day and pray and give thanks before his God. His courage is really remarkable. He knew that he would face the wrath of the king. Yet he prayed publically before all the people. It was a real life threat. Fearlessly, he gave thanks to his God. How could Daniel claim The LORD as his God? The reason is, his life of loyalty. Anyone who is loyal to God, will certainly claim The LORD as his God. Say to the LORD, “In all my circumstances I am going to be loyal to You, Lord.” Although the king loved Daniel, he was forced to throw Daniel into the lions’ den. At times, the same people who love you so much, may be driven to throw you away. But if you are loyal in your personal relationship with the LORD, He will deliver you in a supernatural way. Worldly people may misunderstand and rise up against you unjustly, but He will send His angel to shut the mouth of the lions. The miracle that happened in the life of Daniel can happen in your life too, if you keep your heart’s door open to Him. Do not be afraid of the powers of darkness. The God of Daniel is able to deliver you from the power of the enemy. May be you are bound by something, God wants to deliver you. This month is a month of supernatural deliverance. On the following day, the king asked a question, “Is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?” (Daniel 6:20). After seeing how Daniel was delivered, King Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, “The God of Daniel is the living God” (Daniel 6: 25-26). It is not enough that we know our God, unbelievers who are around us should see and know who our God is really is. This month live loyal to the Lord and He will protect you.
  1. MY GOD WILL PROVIDE FOR ME: “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 19). Saint Paul was happy that the Philippian Church gave liberally to God’s work. He was sure that God would reward them for their liberality. The offering given by the Philippian Church was as a sweet savour to the LORD. It was in this context that Apostle Paul says, “My God shall supply all your needs…” He was not concerned about his need but the need of others. This is really an unusual statement. God knows all your needs. If you are still worried about your needs, then your faith is really weak. How could Apostle Paul claim the LORD as his God? The reason is his life of liberality. Apostle Paul knew that The LORD God knew everything about him and He is his Heavenly Father. Dear child of God, if He is your Heavenly Father, He will supply all your needs. Confess all through this month, “My God will provide me good health and strength, peace and prosperity, grace and mercy.” If you are a believer, there is no need for you to worry about your needs. When Elijah was hungry, God gave him food in a miraculous way. He used a raven, a widow and even an angel to feed him. God’s provision will not be in terms of our need but according to His riches in glory. Abraham knew that his God is the possessor of Heaven and Earth. So he did not receive  anything from the King of Sodom. He did not depend on small mercies but on God who gives bountiful things. This month, if you claim God as your God and have a personal relationship with God, you will not lack anything. The life of a Christian is full of trials but it is certainly victorious.

“Thus saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature  they

shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication

unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else,

there is no God” (Isaiah 45:14).