TEXT: Psalm 63
In our drive express lane, fast-paced, drive-through, have it your way right away world we spend very little time reflecting, meditating. This evening, as we look at this Psalm of David, please take the next several minutes with me and think about, meditate on our great God.
As we begin to look at this Psalm where do we find David? The heading over the Psalm says, “A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.” David is most likely in the wilderness of Ziph which is located in Judah. We can read of this over in I Samuel 23:14-15. The passage says, “And David abode in the wilderness in strongholds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand. And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.” David was in a place where there was no water and a place where Saul was hunting him to take his life. David was in a physical and emotional wilderness. That is where David is coming from as he pens these words.
Join me tonight, along with David, as we meditate on God.
Notice, David shares that GOD IS A PERSONAL GOD – v. 1
“O God, thou art my God” To David, He was not just a god, or even thee God. He was his God.
The words at the very beginning of this Psalm are the very same Hebrew words that Christ cried from the cross. “O God, My God.’ Elohim, Eli. My God, My God. Christ was crying out to his personal Heavenly Father and that is the same thing David did here.
Imagine with me if every time I introduced my wife to someone I said, “This is a wife” of “This is wife”. No, first of all it doesn’t seem like good English, but more importantly, she is my wife. I don’t own her but she is my wife, she’s not someone else’s wife. She is my wife. There is a relationship there. Is God your God tonight? And I’m not just talking about salvation. As a Christian do you have a relationship where you can say today that God is your God? He was David’s God and so to should He be our God.
If God is our God then how should that truth affect our lives? How then should we live? This truth drove David to early seek his God. David tells us when he finishes verse 1 saying, “my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” If God is my God, I will have an extreme desire for Him and to know Him. Notice that he didn’t say, “I am is a desert and have no water. God give me some water.” He said, “I am in a desert and have no water. God let me know you more. That is what will satisfy me.” I don’t know about you but when I get really thirsty, I can’t think about much other than getting water.
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It is amazing to me that that is not what David expressed when he was in the wilderness where there was no water. He wanted to know his God, even more than water. He did not say my soul thirsteth for water. He did not say that his soul thirsteth for the blood of my enemies. He did not say that his soul thirsteth to be delivered from the wilderness. HIS SOUL THIRSTED TO KNOW HIS GOD!
How thirsty are you tonight to know your God more? He is a personal God worthy of being known. Knowing more of his God was David’s priority, is it yours tonight?
So, we have seen that David’s God, our God is a personal God.
Notice also David shares that GOD IS A POWERFUL GOD-v.2
It should be the desire of each of us as Christians to see and enjoyu the glory and power of God, for God IS A POWERFUL GOD. 56 times the Bible proclaims to us that God is the Almighty One and those words are never used for anyone else. I Pet. 1:5; Rev. 19:6
David saw God’s power and God desires us to see that same power. We see it all around. In what God has done in our lives – salvation and progressive sanctification, in the created world. All around us and in us we see Gods’ power for He is the Almighty One.
How then should this affect our lives?
Just the same the power of the Almighty One aught affect our life. As we know that God is powerful, it should drive us to let God work in our hearts so that we might see His power in our lives.
Our God is powerful. How is that truth affecting your life tonight?
David has shared that his God is a personal God, also that He is a powerful God and…
Notice also David shares that GOD IS A PRAISEWORTHY GOD – v. 3-7
David say God’s loving kindness and that drove him to be grateful to his powerful God. Loving kindness. What is that?
The best definition I could find in “Divine favor.” Any good that we possess spiritually id due to God’s divine favor, which David proclaims is even better than life itself. And because of that, David said he would praise his God with his lips.
But David doesn’t stop there. David proclaims that he will praise God for the rest of his life. That is no small commitment. But truly it is just a small commitment in comparison to the commitment Christ made to us on the cross!