“O God, Thou art my 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)

We all want to be blessed by God and the secret of this blessing is to have a personal relationship with God. David had a close, intimate relationship with his God. He was able to claim Almighty God as his own. As a child clings to its father, he clings to God. No circumstance or situation could alter his relationship with his God. Whether he was in the desert or in the palace, his love for God was the same. God blessed Ruth so much because she said, “Thy people shall be my people, and thy God shall be my God” (Ruth 1:16).

BLESSINGS OF HAVING A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD:

  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). David lived a fugitive life because he was hunted by king Saul. His life was always in danger as he was hunted from pillar to post. He had to flee the country and live in forests and desert places. On two occasions, David could have killed King Saul, but he spared his life. He was waiting for God’s intervention. When he was distressed, he offered a prayer and God heard it and answered his cry. God delivered him from the hands of his enemies and exalted him to the throne of Israel. David said, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; the God of my rock; in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; Thou savest me from violence”(2 Samuel 22:2,3). If you have been praying to God for deliverance or some particular blessing and you wonder why your prayer has not been answered, God says, ‘My child, it is true that you are praying to me, but I want you to have a personal relationship with Me.’ David had such confidence that his God would hear his cry and answer him. The God of David will hear and answer your cry too. This month, God will answer all your prayers that have been delayed for so long, provided you develop an intimate relationship with your God. Take Him as your Father and God. Claim Him as your shield, your fortress and your horn of salvation. David could claim God as his God, because of his love and passion that he had for God. Anyone who loves God will claim Him as his own. His love for God made him to seek Him early. Tell the Lord, ‘Lord, I will love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I am going to express my love to You in all possible ways. ‘
  1. MY GOD WILL PROTECT ME: “MY GOD hath sent His angel and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me” (Daniel 6:22). Daniel was a man of God, yet he had to pass through many trials in life. The law of the land said that you should not pray to any other god but to the King, but Daniel could not change or alter his prayer life. It was Daniel’s habit to open his windows and give thanks to God three times a day. The courage of Daniel is remarkable. He knew that he would have to face the wrath of the King, yet he prayed in full public view. Although King Darius loved Daniel, he had to throw him into the den of lions. Sometimes, your very own people would desert you, when faced with a crisis. But if you have a personal relationship with the Lord, and take God as your God, then God will shut the mouths of the lions and deliver you in a supernatural way. On the following day, the King called out to Daniel and asked, “O Daniel, Servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?” (Daniel 6:20).To which Daniel replied,“MY GOD hath sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths”(Daniel 6:22). He could say that because of his life of Godliness. He was loyal to his God. Anyone who is loyal to his God can claim the Almighty God, as his God. Tell the Lord, ‘Lord, I will be loyal to You in all my circumstances, whether people see me or not.’ The people of this world may rise up against you and treat you unjustly, but remember that the God of Daniel is alive. The miracle that happened in the life of Daniel years ago, can happen in your life today. Do not be afraid of the powers of darkness, because the God of Daniel is with you. This month expect a supernatural deliverance from the Almighty God. Psalm 18:2 says, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” As the LORD protected Daniel, He will protect you all through this month.
  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 the work of God and he was sure that God would reward them bountifully. Their offering was a sweet smelling savour unto the Lord. If you have a need, take courage, because your Heavenly Father knows all your needs. He will supply all your needs, whether they are good health and strength, peace or finances. When Elijah was hungry, God fed him in a miraculous way. God used ravens, a widow and even an angel to sustain him. God’s provision will not be in terms of your need but according to His riches in glory. Abraham knew that his God was the possessor of the Heaven and Earth, therefore he was able to refuse what the King of Sodom offered him. He did not depend upon small mercies but upon his God, who is the giver of all good things. If you can claim God, as your God, and have a personal relationship with Him, you will not lack any good thing. God wants each of His children to have a personal relationship with Him. Our love for God should not be conditional like Jacob’s, for he said, “Jacob vowed a vow, saying, if God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God ”(Genesis 28:20,21). Neither should it be like Thomas’ love, he wanted to see in order to believe. When Jesus appeared to the disciples, Thomas was not with them, therefore he refused to believe. He wanted a sign to strengthen his faith. He said unto them, “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). Although Jesus was not there at the time, Thomas raised his doubt. Jesus knew that there was a great confusion in his mind and so after eight days, Jesus revealed Himself again for the sake of Thomas. He came to strengthen the faith of Thomas. “He said to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing and Thomas answered and said unto Him, My Lord and my God.” (John 20:28). Whatever may be your circumstance, your relationship with God should not change.

“Thou art my God, and I will Praise Thee: thou art my God, I will exalt Thee.

(Psalm 118:28)