"Let us know,
Let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord.
His going forth is established as the morning;
He will come to us like the rain,
Like the latter and former rain to the earth."
And don't we need Him like the earth needs the rain? The Lord's coming is described here as 'like the morning', and 'like the rain'. Both things men long for in this world. We long for morning to break, for daylight to come. And we long for rain.
My husband and I got to visit Israel almost a year ago. One of the first things our guide explained to us was their desperate need for rain. It was supposed to be the rainy season, but the rains had not fallen. It was hot, and dry, and everywhere we went, we had to make an effort to bring water. Without water, nothing lives.
Come to us, Lord, as the rain.
Rise on us like the morning.