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Bible Reading: Psalm 63

Psalm 63
O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
But those who seek my life to destroy it,
Will go into the depths of the earth.
They will be delivered over to the power of the sword;
They will be a prey for foxes.
But the king will rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him will glory,
For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.

When is a time you were incredibly thirsty? I remember times of great thirst in college while in Mobile, Alabama during my freshman year when we would have three-a-days for soccer. We would have a 6 am practice that included no soccer ball, a late morning practice and an afternoon practice. The humidity in Mobile was unreal. Those morning session without the ball were brutal. We would run and run and run. I most of all dread when our coach would say, “alright, time for hills.” When done there didn’t seem like there was enough water to quench my thirst.

David mentions his spiritual thirst and longing for God here in Psalm 63, as he is in the wilderness away from the place of worship. He loved to be in the place of worship to praise the Lord, but he was far from it. We have had the physical thirst experiences longing for water to quench it, but have we ever been in a place like David is? I have been in those times. During those times what do we do? David gives us the answer. We don’t try to quench that thirst with others things or people, but in God alone. David had found that God alone was His deliverance and stronghold. In a very infamous saying David had found that God’s love was better than life itself. This is why David knows that his soul’s longing and thirst can only be satisfied in God.

David was dependent on the Lord like a bird under the wing of its mother or as a dependent infant held by its parent. He therefore pursued the Lord, clinging to Him as His deliverer. So, even though David was in the wilderness and on the run whether it might have been from Saul or Absalom and was far from the place of worship he still worshiped God where he was. He didn’t let his circumstances deter him from rejoicing and hoping in the Lord.

What are you feeding your soul? What are you seeking to satisfy it with? The Lord alone can satisfy the longing of your soul. Trust in Him today as your deliverer.

Weekly Memory Verse: Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. Psalm 63.3