A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah.
1 O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
6 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.
9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
They will go down into the depths of the earth.
10 They will die by the sword
and become the food of jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God.
All who swear to tell the truth will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.
David had that longing that longing to be with his God. He first acknowledges God when he said “you are my God.” He acknowledges he only has one God and that his Lord is his personal God. Above all else, nothing can compare to Him. He has gazed and seen Him in His sanctuary. And with what He has behold, David is ultimately asking again for him to see the Lord’s power and glory. Such is a desire that we need to cultivate in our lives. Do you desire the same right now? Or are you wondering aimlessly in life without the pursuit of God?
To be able to say that your love is better than life means that only your love will satisfy me. Not the riches of this world. Not the good things I have in this world. Only your love. Your love is better than the good things in life or life itself, if it was good to me. Because of your love, I am satisfied more that than greatest party or feast that there will ever be. Because of your love for me, I can take my refuge in the shadow of your wings since you are there to help me. Because of your love for me, I can cling on to you with my dear life and I cling you to your strong hand which holds me securely. All this things as I realize will make me praise you with songs of great gladness and joy. Will you be able to say with deep conviction in your heart that your love is better than life?
Do you think during times of adversity you will desire God the way David did or will you find yourself desperate for the temporal solution?
We want out immediately. We don’t want to go through the process. It’s hard. I know these are the thoughts that you have whenever you have a problem or trial. Who wouldn’t want to get out of hardship immediately?
But I know whenever these moments of trials come along our way it is there to be develop a Christ-like attitude in us. You shouldn’t desire to get you immediately. What you should desire is to learn how to be thankful despite the situation. Getting out immediately is the easy solution but there is a satisfaction in being able to cultivate discipline in your life to thank God despite your wilderness moment. I know it’s not easy but when the trials has already passed by and we are able to go through it with a thankful heart – we begin to thank God and realize that it is only because of Him that we can show this kind of response. And so, we begin to delight and pleasure in Him. John Piper said:
Satisfaction comes from God to those whose passion in life is to know him in the struggle to be like him in the world
Lord, I thank you. I know, at times I have lost my focus and I tend to look more in my problems rather than in you. You know everything that is going through in my life right now. There are just so many things to do. I am overwhelmed at times. And at times, I just want to get out and let it be done with. I know I’m not responding well and I ask for your forgiveness. Help me to desire you God during times of adversity and not try to take control of the situation. I can only do so much, but I know you can do all things. You know that I want of these things I desire to happen and happen successfully. But I leave it all to you to work it according to your great plan and love for me. Right now, I just know that I want to be able to say what David said “Your unfailing love is better that life itself.” Thank you for your unfailing, steadfast and never changing love. Praise you alone.
How about you? What’s your thoughts on Psalm 63?