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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 63: Thirsting after God


A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.


[Preliminary 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.]



v.1 In a parallel to his thirst in the desert, David thirsts for the Lord


v.1  You, God, are my God,
     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.


v.2 He has experienced something of God's presence in the Tabernacle


v.2  I have seen you in the sanctuary
     and beheld your power and your glory.

v.3,4 He knows God's love and will praise Him for it


v.3  Because your love is better than life,
     my lips will glorify you.

v.4  I will praise you as long as I live,
     and in your name I will lift up my hands.

v.5 Satisfaction comes while praising the Lord


v.5  I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
     with singing lips my mouth will praise you.


v.6 Even in the night he thinks of the Lord


v.6  On my bed I remember you;
     I think of you through the watches of the night.

v.7 He knows His security and sings in that


v.7  Because you are my help,
     I sing in the shadow of your wings.

v.8 He has a sense of closeness and being held by the Lord


v.8  I cling to you;
     your right hand upholds me.


v.9 Because of this [implied], his enemies will fall


v.9  Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
     they will go down to the depths of the earth.

v.10 Destroyed by the sword, their remains will be left in the desert


v.10  They will be given over to the sword
     and become food for jackals.


v.11 He will rejoice in the Lord while those who speak against him will be silenced


v.11  But the king will rejoice in God;
     all who swear by God will glory in him,
     while the mouths of liars will be silenced.



[Additional 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.]



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