PSALM 63: 1-8
"You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me."
Have you ever found yourself in a place where it seems like the situation you are facing is trying to steal your attention? Looking back through Biblical history, we find that David wrote this Psalm while he was in the Desert of Judah. He was on the run for his life - his pursuant the very king he had faithfully served. Not only was he on the run, but he had been followed by a crowd of disgruntled misfits who were looking for someone to emancipate them from the tyrannical king under whom they served.
It would be easy for David to feel somewhat overwhelmed by his situation. to be distracted by the very real dilemma of his current position, compounded by the needs of the men who were pressing him to fight back against the king. In the natural, David was deep in the middle of a desert called "Judah". And while his natural habitation served to remind him of the reality of his situation, there was another area of his life that was also under assault - his "spiritual" man.
It's interesting that it is deep in the "Desert of Judah" that David writes this Psalm. "Judah" literally interpreted means "Praise", so not only do we find David in a natural desert, but we also see the opportunity for his "praise" to succumb to the situation at hand.
But rather than giving in to his situation, David takes the opportunity to acknowledge that even though he's parched in the natural, he will use that trial to stir in him a desire to seek the Lord. He reminds himself of the times that God has met him in the past, and the demonstrations of God's power and glory he has encountered time and time again over his lifetime.
Today, if you find yourself in a situation that somewhat resembles a desert experience in your life; rather than being overwhelmed by the things that seek to distract you from God's goodness, why not take a few minutes and remind yourself of all the good things God HAS done for you over the past year .. . From the significant things down to what may be seemingly insignificant .. . and make the most of the opportunity to encourage yourself in the fact that God is FAITHFUL to be found as we seek Him out!
HENRY SEELEY // LEAD PASTOR
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