Psa 63 1 9
Psa. 63:1-9 Wednesday Night Bible Study 4/22/09
Most of us really don’t know the meaning of “thirst”. Ill. Talking to a guy that described thirst- so lack water that it hurts to swallow. Lips crack open just completely barren. Have you ever been that thirsty? David describes this as his desire for fellowship with the Lord. David knew thirst- he had hidden in caves down by the red Sea in some of the driest land that God made.
David’s soul thirsted for God. This was during one of those times when David was running from some enemy. It was at that time that he remembered some wonderful things and times- Preached at Scottsville on having golden moments in your life. Those moments you have to be ready for. They come many times amidst the normal times of life- when God allows you to really have an impact in someone’s life.
I. We See David’s Thirst for God (1-2)
A. David is expressing an intimate relationship- a child like faith in his Savior. William Cobb- I asked Christ to save me- he said he would and He did.
1. A treasure when all else seems to be gone. Charles Stanley - "Only when we experience true thirst will we fully taste the loveliness of the living water (Christ). The trouble with many of us is that we don't know that we are in a barren land until very late in the game. Earthly pleasures love so inviting and keep us so distracted that it sometimes takes years to realize that we are in a wilderness.
B. Believer’s Bible Commentary- And it is humbling to notice the psalmist’s passion for God, especially when we remember how cold and diffident we often are. He sought the Lord early— early in life and early every day. And he sought him with a fervor that would not be denied. He had an insatiable longing for fellowship with God.
C. David truly understood that the world had nothing to offer. We can’t envision God until we understand the world has nothing for us. We need to understand that only God can give us permanent things- things that aren’t temporal. Charles Stanley- every new mud puddle glistens with new possibilities but they are just that- mud puddles.
1. Prov. 8:10-11-
D. Davis cries out for God- the fellowship that he once had in the sanctuary. He is on the run now and away from the sanctuary. Warren Wiersbe- it is our regular worship that prepares us for the crisis of life. He is not crying out for the Sanctuary but for God.
1. Psa. 42:1-2-
II. We see David’s Thanksgiving to God (3-5)
A. The Lord’s loving kindness (goodness, mercy, faithfulness to us) is better than anything life can give us. Many times we get tied up with life and what it produces in us.
1. He had no priest nor altar here but he could still lift his hands toward Heaven in praise and worship to the Lord- the one who gave and sustains our life.
B. Bless- to knee and show appreciation and gratitude for.
C. The result of looking to God in gratitude is that my soul is satisfied. The world has nothing to satisfy.
1. Psa. 146:2-
D. We see the psalmists resolve to praise and not to complain- in spite of circumstances. Many times wilderness experiences strip us of our pride (the #1 thing standing in our way of serving the Lord).
III. We See David’s Thoughts Concerning God (6-7)
A. It is a good thing for us to remember what God has done for us. Memory encourages us to remember the faithfulness of God and to apply it to our present situation.
1. David finds security even in a time when he was most vulnerable at night- when he lay prey to any enemy.
B. God had before been David’s help and he remembered. Remember when David was going against Goliath- he remembered what God had done for him in the past- He bragged on God.
1. Psa. 78:40-43-
C. We need to remember we serve the Great I AM not I was.
D. What comforted David so much was he realized he was under the wings (protection) of the almighty.
1. Rejoice- to ring out.
2. Psa. 17:8-
|The wings of a bird were a symbol of protection, defense, and refuge. For example, faced with a forest or range fire, a mother grouse or prairie chicken would gather her chicks together under her wings, settle down, and let the flames sweep over her. If necessary, she would die in order to save them. After the fire, the chicks would crawl out from under their mother’s burnt body. They enjoyed life and safety because of her sacrificial devotion.In a similar way, David was shielded from numerous attempts on his life, especially by King Saul and later by his own son Absalom. David knew by experience what it meant to have nothing standing between him and death but the gracious protection of God.The Lord still offers the same refuge and protection today.|