September 17, 2023

Psalm 63:1–5
1 O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My
flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your
3 Because Your loving kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall
praise You with joyful lips.
David was in the wilderness dethroned by his own son Absalom. What did
David do? He worshiped God! He reaffirmed his faith and love towards God.
Discouragement leads many to move away from God. David reached out to
God in faith and received new strength.
David could have come before God crying. His words could have been, “Oh,
why me.” David looked beyond the material things of this world. He looked
beyond his past, even his present situation, and praised God.
How easy it is to live in self-pity crying out in despair, “Oh, woe is me!” It is
understandable. David did not live in the wilderness of despair. He did
remember God and His faithfulness.
Psalm 63:6–8
6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
7 Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I
will rejoice.
8 My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.
Paul writes to the Philippian church, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will
say, rejoice! (Philippians 4:4) How can we rejoice in the Lord when our world
is falling apart in us? As one person loves to remind me, “God is Good all the
time, and all the time God is Good.”
God has promised He would never leave us nor forsake us. The writer of
Hebrews states is well. Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conduct be without
covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has
God has promised He would never leave us nor forsake us. What is your
promise to God?