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A Magnificent Obsession

Have you met someone who was obsessed with something or someone? Their obsession, whatever it might be, was all that they could think and talk about. We have a label for such people, don‘t we?  We say that so-and-so has a one-track mind.

There are many different kinds of obsessions in our day and age.   Some Star Trek fans are so obsessed that they actually learn how to speak Klingon.  On Sunday afternoons in the fall you can see what obsession looks like. Just turn on the TV and look for the grown men with purple and gold spray painted on to their chests.

Almost anything can become an obsession.  Remember Imelda Marcos?  She was the wife of the Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos.  Imelda Marcos was obsessed with shoes.  Just how obsessed was she?  It was reported that she owned more than 2700 pairs of foot-ware.  Possessing 2700 shoes is more than a collection. It’s an obsession.              

One of my favorite words in the dictionary is uxorious.  What does this unusual word mean?  Uxorious is an adjective that describes a husband who is excessively fond or devoted to his wife.  Dare we say obsessively so? What about us?  Have we ever been obsessed with something or someone?

We tend to think that obsessions are unhealthy, and they frequently are.  But is this always the case?  Isn’t there such a thing as a healthy obsession? There is a book in the Bible that is filled with people who have a magnificent obsession.  This book is the Psalms.  The men and women of the Psalter are obsessed with God.

In Psalm 42 we catch a glimpse of this magnificent obsession:

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul:  how I used
to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts
of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.

What about us?  Have we ever been obsessed with God?  As a deer pants for streams of water, have our souls ever thirsted for the living God?

In Psalm 84 we catch another glimpse of the magnificent obsession with God:

How lovely is Your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord.  My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God . . . .

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