A Davidic psalm. When he was in the Wilderness of Judah.
1 God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You.
I thirst for You; my body faints for You in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
2 So I gaze on You in the sanctuary to see Your strength and Your glory.
3 My lips will glorify You because Your faithful love is better than life.
4 So I will praise You as long as I live; at Your name, I will lift up my hands.
David is praying this prayer of worship – and exclaiming this confession of his undying and unwavering devotion to God – NOT while he was on his way to worship before God in the tabernacle/tent he had built for God to house the beloved and venerable Ark of the Covenant.
NO! David is hurriedly evacuating Jerusalem – picking up whatever he could carry with him and fleeing his palace and City of God because his son, Absalom, has staged a deep-state coup against him, and is even now on his way to Jerusalem with his gang of conspirators to occupy the throne, the kingdom, and the capital city.
David has even sent back the beloved Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. When Abiathar and Zadok had followed King David out of the city in the train of evacuees – with the Levites carrying the Ark of the Covenant – David sent them back to the city.
2 Samuel 15.25-26 ~ Then the king instructed Zadok, “Return the ark of God to the city. If I find favor in the LORD’s eyes, He will bring me back and allow me to see both it and its dwelling place. 26 However, if He should say, ‘I do not delight in you,’ then here I am—He can do with me whatever pleases Him.”
Such was David’s absolute submission to God’s sovereign pleasure and will with him. “Whether I return to Jerusalem and all that I’m leaving behind…or not – that is the LORD’s call. He can do with me whatever pleases Him.”
But, it was THEN – and in those seasons and circumstances of devastating loss and deprivation – that David exclaimed: “O GOD, YOU ARE MY GOD!”
And, he knew and was confident, even as he headed further and further into the barren wilderness wasteland that GOD WOULD BE THERE! He would still meet God at the intersection of his desires and God’s steadfast love [verse 3].
He couldn’t go to the Tabernacle House of God, he couldn’t appear and worship before the physical Ark of the Covenant where God manifested His dwelling place – BUT HE WOULD STILL DESIRE GOD AND GOD WOULD SATISFY THE DESIRES OF HIS HEART…WITH HIMSELF AND HIS STEADFAST LOVE!
So, even in the wilderness – DAVID WILL SEEK THE LORD AND LIFT HIS HANDS IN DEVOTION, WORSHIP, AND PRAISE!
So, even right now – I have no idea what sort of ‘wilderness’ you may be wandering in – what deprivation you are suffering – what sort of ‘dry and weary land where there is no water’ landscape you may be looking at.
COME TO WORSHIP! God will meet your destitute and impoverished soul with His riches of Grace in the Gospel of Christ!
Psalm 63.5 ~ You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.
And, God will satisfy your deepest needs for Him, too!
If you are interested in viewing/listening to a message I preached from Psalm 63 in one of our church’s Midweek services – here is the link: