My Reflection on Psalm 63

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! Psalm 63:3

Psalm 63

A psalm of David, regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah.

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.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
    and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise you with songs of joy.

I lie awake thinking of you,
    meditating on you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
    I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your strong right hand holds me securely.

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

 

My Prayer:

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?

I can never understand it

I can never understand it. At most, the best that I can understand is what I experience from other people. Although what they are giving is still flawed and imperfect. We live in an imperfect world. Everyone has the capability to love but to be able to consistently and perfectly give unconditional love, for me, seems impossible. At one point, a person can still go with his or her own selfish desire. The question is, right now, how much do we really understand God’s amazing and perfect love?

I know we’ve experience it. We have come to know God’s love through what he has done for us in the cross, or we might have experience it first hand in the blessings he has given us. I believe it’s much more than what we think we know.

Ephesians 3:18

18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

 

How wide? How Long? How High? How Deep? It’s a rhetoric question that means there is no limit to it. I have fallen a lot of times, and I still see His love following me and chasing after me.

Falling Down

I’ve made a mistake and in a split second, I hear a voice speaking in my heart that He will forgive me. I wanted to run, but He was already ahead of me – not wanting me to wander from away from the truth. I can’t understand it. I can’t understand why He loves me that much. All I can do is give in and rest again in His embrace.

I want to give encouragement to you, I know life can be a series of ups and downs – sometimes, it’s mostly down. No matter what you are going through, God loves you. You might have turned your back from him. You might have failed Him. You might have sinned against Him. All I know is, He still loves you. Just come back. Come back to Him and talk to Him. He longs to be with you.

Why I Write

Why I WriteIt’s been a while since I wrote anything in my blog. I hate it when I try to start my entry this way. Looking back in some of my entries, it has always been a subtle excuse – I’m just too busy to write. I was never fond of writing. I wrote in one of the articles that English was the subject I always had a lowest score. I love math and English is totally the opposite of what I feel about it.

But for the past two years, writing has been a part of my system. When I say writing, I don’t necessarily mean writing for my blog only. For the past few months I have written a lot and these things that I have written was mostly for my preaching and speaking sessions. Regarding my blog though it has been weeks since I wrote anything.

God has somehow always tried to get my attention again to write. Maybe that’s something He really wants me to do. One thing is clear to me though. It has been a good experience for me to journal everything the Lord is doing in my life and document it. That’s why I do this.

Despite my lack of confidence in my writing, I do this to document the Lord’s faithfulness in my life. I don’t know if you’ve experienced it as well, but when things go well in your life or even when things go bad you suddenly forget who the Lord is.

Last Saturday in our breakout session we talked about mementos or having something personal that would help you remember what the Lord has done. For me, it’s my blog. During that moment, I started to think and ask myself “but have I written anything lately?” Simple answer “no.” This made me realize I need to write again. Even John Piper’s lastest blog entry also challenged me to start reflecting and writing again.

I wrote a lot of experiences here.  Some garnered a lot of views and some didn’t. My entry about my B1G8 Retreat Experience during 2012 has the most number of views and my entries about the last B1G South True Life Retreat have been a good article about what God has done during that time. When I wrote down my retrospect entries, it was a tough one. It took me a couple of month before I was able to complete writing four entries about the change in me, my dgroup, leading the worship team and my experiences when B1G South was just starting. Whenever I read those entries again I just marvel at what the Lord has done.

I’m writing this article as another starting point; a reminder to myself to start writing again. I am not the best writer out there. Some may not even again to what I will write. In the end, I do this to just glorify the Lord and remember the goodness of his deeds and grace

 

Psalm 77:11

11 I shall remember the deeds of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

 

Through this blog, I want to bless my readers. My entries aim is only to bring glory to the Lord. This is why I write. I write this entry to let you know that maybe (just maybe) when I begin to slow down in my writing you can drop me a note and remind me why I need to do this. I know I need to make time and your encouragement will greatly help. You may have other ways to remind yourself about the Lord’s faithfulness, just drop a comment below and I want to hear from you. God bless!

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