“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee”. (Psalm 63:3)
David wrote this Psalm while he was on the run in the desert of Judah from his son Absalom. The prince had created a rebellion against King David and had captured Jerusalem. David was left alone, he had been deserted by his friends, and he had to leave his palace and his family and possessions. David escaped into the wild desert with only the clothes he had on his back. Can you imagine the despair he must have been in?
Perhaps you are in despair today, or most certainly you have experienced it sometime in the past. Did you feel like God had left you alone, that you had nowhere to turn? In these times know that you are NEVER abandoned by God. David cried out, “Oh God, you are my God”.
I see 3 things in this Psalm that David discovered.
First, he declares that he thirsted and was hungry for the presence of God.
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is”; (Psalm 63:1)
Secondly, he sought after God earnestly. He said he would seek God in verse 1.
The word he used has the word picture of a shepherd seriously studying the sky for the first glimmer of sunshine after a long night of protecting his sheep.
Lastly, David remembered a time in his life when he was prostate in the tabernacle and in the visible presence of God Himself.
“To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary”. (Vs. 2)
And finally in verse 3 that we started with David declares that God’s love is better than life itself.
Can you say like David that God’s love is better than life? When you are in the dark pit of despair, seek God, throw yourself into His loving arms, and remember the glory of His presence of days past. Only then, like David , will your soul be satisfied as we are with the most wonderful food (vs.5), and under the protection of His wings you can sing for joy (vs.7).
In your time of grief and despair I pray that you will be able to say that God’s right hand held you up and carried you through.
Shalom until tomorrow, Lord willing,