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. Psalm 63:1
The book of Psalms consists of 150 “poems,” and their subject matter varies widely. Some were set to music and song to be included in worship. Others appear to be actual prayers, while many others were expressions of faith and joy, or praise and gratitude. And then, of course, many seemed to reflect pleas for help and declarations of sorrow . . .
King David, (noted scholar, warrior, shepherd, and yes, even adulterer), is widely known to be responsible for penning many of these stirring compositions, and indeed, Psalm 63 comes from him when he was in the “wilderness of Judah,” no less.
In this “dry and weary land without water,” he proclaims that he is not only seeking God but that his very soul thirsts for Him. David further attests that he will continue to bless God for as long as he lives, and with his mouth, he will praise God with “joyful lips.” Moreover, he then adds, “My soul clings to thee, and thy right-hand upholds me . . .”
I can only conclude then, that given these historic circumstances involving David, his situation was perhaps dire, and at best, uncertain. And, sensing this reality, he is intuitive enough to continue to enlist his beloved Father to please watch over him during his wandering . . .
Truly then, this accounting has to be a prime example of how we today can attempt to follow David’s heartfelt and intense experience. We need to make God our Rock and Refuge. We need to recognize that He alone is the Almighty and that without his Grace, we will continue to struggle in vain. And then, with this recognition, allow it to be a daily, if not hourly one . . .
Prayer: Dear Saving Father, hear me please, that when I sink to my lowest and darkest depths, you somehow raise me up with your Golden Goodness. I certainly do need it . . .
Stephen Lynn Meyers