“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.” Psalm 63:1
David wrote this Psalm when he was in the Desert of Judah. Even in the wilderness and on the run, David expresses his faith and trust in God. These opening words certainly indicate faith in God, but they also suggest a time of trouble.
“Thirsts … longs” is David lamenting that he has been away from the place of God’s worship too long. He misses it. The sanctuary had been at Nob, and it was there that David had sought the presence of the Lord. Later, it was moved to Jerusalem.
“Dry and parched land” describes either the arid place where David has taken refuge, or is figurative for the difficult times in life when God seems far off.
On the run, David turns to God in prayer and praise for His love and salvation. When we are in the “wilderness” and God seems distant, we may find ourselves tempted to focus on our troubles rather than turning to God in faith and confidence. David shows us the way to handle disaster and doubt … meditate on the Lord in prayer and thanksgiving. Faith looks beyond any troubles to the cross of Christ and sees God’s love, holding fast to His promises to His children.
God’s blessings on your day…