Psalm 63

David is a seeker. He thirsts for God. He has seen the power and glory of God. He exudes joy. He longs for more and more of God.

 


 

PRAY BY LONGING FOR GOD

A Psalm by David, when he was in the desert of Judah.

 

VERSE 1. God, you are my God. I will earnestly seek you. My soul thirsts for you. My flesh longs for you, in a dry and weary land, where there is no water.

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I will earnestly seek you. Do you seek after more of God? Are you a seeker?

thirsts for you. David hungers and thirsts for God …

Matthew 5:6. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

My flesh longs for you. Do you long for God? Does your body pine for God?

 

VERSE 2. So I have seen you in the sanctuary, watching your power and your glory.

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I have seen you. This reminds us of the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ about seeing God:

Matthew 5:8. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

watching your power. Have you seen the power of God?

watching your … glory. Have you seen the glory of God?

 

VERSE 3. Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.

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your loving kindness is better than life. Is God’s love more important to you than your own life?

 

VERSE 4. So I will bless you while I live. I will lift up my hands in your name.

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I will bless you. Most Christians ask God to bless them. However, the biblical norm is that we bless God.

while I live. That is, “all my life.”

lift up my hands. Do you lift up your hands high when you pray? Most Pentecostals and Charismatics do. But strangely, few other Christians do, even though the Bible speaks of it as the normal way to pray:

Psalm 28:2. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Psalm 63:4. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

Psalm 134:2. Lift up your hands [in] the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psalm 141:2. Let my prayer be set before you like incense; the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.

1 Timothy 2:8.  I desire therefore that the men in every place pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and doubting.

 

VERSE 5. My soul shall be satisfied as with the richest food. My mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,

NASB translation. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.

KJV translation. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

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with joyful lips. Lots of Christian believers do NOT have joy. For them, faith in Jesus Christ is a duty and an obligation. Their faith-life is drudgery, and they seem sad.

Others Christians are engaged in a culture war. They rage out against anybody they disagree with.

 

VERSE 6. when I remember you on my bed, and think about you in the night watches.

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I remember you on my bed. That is, “I lie awake thinking of you” (NLT translation).

think about you in the night watches. That is, “meditating on you through the night” (NLT translation).

 

VERSE 7. For you have been my help. I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.

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VERSE 8. My soul stays close to you. Your right hand holds me up.

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My soul stays close to you. Do you cling to God?

right hand. The Bible often mentions “the right hand” of God. That is a position of power and honor. We believe it refers to Jesus Christ. More verses about the right hand.

 

VERSE 9. But those who seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

 

VERSE 10. They shall be given over to the power of the sword. They shall be jackal food.

 

VERSE 11. But the king shall rejoice in God. Everyone who swears by him will praise him, for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be silenced.

 


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