objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading
summary as a description of what is happening)
Psa 63: Thirsting after God
psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
Comments: Presumably either on one of his times on the
run from Saul, or simply as he goes against enemies in the desert,
as the title tells us, presumably in a quiet moment of pause from
battle or running, David focuses his thinking on the Lord [v.1].
There had been times back in Jerusalem [which suggests post-Saul]
where he had gone to the Tabernacle and senses the Lord's awesome
presence [v.2] but it was God's love that stirs him to praise
in song [v.3-5] and that comes to mind even in the night [v.6].
He knows the security that comes with knowing the Lord [v.7,8]
and that extends to knowing that his enemies will be brought down
[v.9,10] leaving him free to rejoice in God while those against
him will see, understand and be silenced [v.11]. Essentially a
psalm of trust in the Lord and yearning for more of the Lord.]
In a parallel to his thirst in the desert, David thirsts for the
You, God, are
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.
He has experienced something of God's presence in the Tabernacle
I have seen
you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
He knows God's love and will praise Him for it
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.
Satisfaction comes while praising the Lord
I will be fully
satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise
Even in the night he thinks of the Lord
On my bed I
I think of you through the watches of
He knows His security and sings in that
are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
He has a sense of closeness and being held by the Lord
I cling to
your right hand upholds me.
Because of this [implied], his enemies will fall
Those who want
to kill me will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the
Destroyed by the sword, their remains will be left in the desert
They will be
given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.
He will rejoice in the Lord while those who speak against him
will be silenced
But the king
will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.
Comments: It is good to pause and reflect on the goodness
of the Lord in the quiet moments of a busy and active life, reflections
that will always release praise and worship and bring a greater
confidence in the Lord.]
to Psa 64