You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Those who want to kill me will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced. -Psalm 63 NIV
We all experience hunger and thirst. Have you ever watched an advert on telly that made you hungry or thirsty? I can think of a few, M&S food for £10, Cart‘or ice cream, PG Tips, etc. We may be hungry and thirsty for these things of the world, but how thirsty are we for God?
Many of us want to worship God and God alone, but sometimes we wonder if God can really satisfy us completely. There are times we may feel unsure of His presence or His intentions, especially when life is difficult, the world seems dangerous, or even chaotic. Today we are going to look at a Psalm where David moves from just simply hearing about God and His love to seeing His power, goodness and loving kindness.
Commentators say that David wrote this psalm whilst fleeing Jerusalem because his son Absalom conspired against him to take over the kingship. The “wilderness of Judah” which was spoken about in the psalm was a wild and uncultivated tract of country lying on the east side of the territory of the tribe of Judah, lying along the Jordan. David knew the area well enough because he fled there when he got away from Saul and here he is again running for his life. David had a lot going against him, yet in this dry and parched land, his first desire was God.
We have all been through very difficult circumstances in our lives. David was struggling here in the desert. He begins the psalm by longing for God to praising Him and seeing the future victory over his enemies. David did not see the victory yet, but he gave God the glory for it. Have you ever cried out to God in distress and longed for something from Him? We may not have our desire yet, but we should however give thanks for what God has done for us in the past and what He will do in the future.
David was honest and open with God. He trusted God with his life. David knows that God is with Him. God has always shown David loving kindness and has been his help in other difficult situations. David reminds God of those times. He remembers being in the shadow of God’s wing, knowing that he has been supported under God’s right hand.
We too can be honest and open with God, in fact God wants us to be. Yes, he knows what is on our hearts but He longs to hear from us. When things are difficult, we can share it with the Lord and yes, we can remind God of how He has helped us in the past.
As David was reminding God of His faithfulness, David may have remembered experiences with God. David would have remembered being anointed as king despite being the youngest, the victory over Goliath and the Philistines, and God’s forgiveness and mercy concerning David’s affair with Bathsheba and killing her husband Uriah.
What are some experiences in your life you may remember and can help you to focus on God through the difficult times in your life? Give praise to God for what He has done.
David after remembering the past, realised that God will take care of everything just like He always had before. God is in control and is the judge. He was on David’s side. He too is on our side and will take care of our enemy. He has the victory. We just have to be still.
In the Psalm, David says his soul thirsts for God and he can only be satisfied in God’s presence. Worship brings us into God’s presence in a very tangible way. Yes, God is always with us, but when we worship, our focus is on God and God alone. When we put our focus on God, He will satisfy our longing hearts. Our problems do not go away, but they will not seem quite as overwhelming because we know God is with us.
Are you thirsty for God? Does your soul long for Him? God has been with us in the past and He will continue to do so. Knowing, experiencing and remembering God’s love and mercy is crucial to finding satisfaction in God. Do you want to experience God’s presence in a mighty way? Jesus can satisfy our souls if we seek Him. Come to the living waters, and allow Jesus to fill you…
I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. -Isaiah 41:18 NIV
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. -Isaiah 44:3 NIV
Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. -John 7:38 NIV
For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” -Revelation 7:17 NIV
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. -Revelation 21:6 NIV
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. -Revelation 22:17 NIV