Comfort and Assurance in God’s Presence
A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah.
1 O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3 Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4 So I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips 6 when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. 8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; 10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword, they shall be prey for jackals. 11 But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
As we journeyed through 1 and 2 Samuel in June, we saw that David, while running from Saul, took refuge in the desert of Judah.
While in the desert, David was thirsty and hot. He was in need of basic provisions. And, his spirit thirsted for God. It is this spiritual thirst, not the physical one, that he sings of in Psalm 63.
His spiritual thirst and physical desperation of being in the desert drives David to lean on God completely. Rather than focusing on his circumstances, David focuses on his Savior. As such, he poetically describes the feeling of God’s presence and dwells on God’s steadfast love, which is better than life. As he does so, David finds the strength to survive.
While most of us are not hiding in deserts or running from mad kings, we still face difficulty. And, God often allows us to experience more than we can handle so we can learn to depend and lean on him.
Today, no matter how tired, dry, or thirsty we are, let’s allow God to be our refuge and learn to rely on him.
Father God, whether we are in the desert or on the mountain top, we know that life is filled with difficulty. And, we know that you bring us through life’s difficulties and trials. So, like David, please guide us to seek refuge in you. In doing so, please help us through the areas of our lives in which we are thirsty, tired, and dry. In the process, Lord, please teach us to rely upon you. In the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!