Psalm 63:1 begins with some familiar words:
O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
But then there’s a twist in the next phrase, a twist that has me thinking:
my soul thirst for you,
my body longs for you,
A body that longs for God? It sounds too physical, too sensual, to have anything to do with the divine-human relationship.
Which is exactly the point.
Our relationship with God involves our body as much as our mind and our soul. That’s why the New Testament word for “worship” literally means “to fall down.” Worship is physical.
So is our relationship with God.
If your body aches because of neglect through the years, remember: your body longs for God.
If your body suffers from chronic sickness, remember: your body longs for God.
If your bear the mental and emotional scars from sexual promiscuity, remember: your body longs for God.
If today, your body feels great and you can’t wait to get to the gym tonight, remember: your body longs for God.
And I Corinthians 6:19 emphasizes why all that is true: “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.”
It longs for God because it belongs to God.