Psalms 63:1

 

The Bible says in Psalms 63:1, “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” God becomes your God when you have a personal knowledge of Him through faith in Jesus. Once you are saved through faith in Jesus, what will keep you from drifting away from Him? You must have a thirst and a longing to walk with Him. You must “seek” the Lord. Jesus said, “Seek and ye shall find.” If you truly know Christ as your Savior, your life will be out of synch unless you are close to Him. David said that he would seek God early. We need the Lord all day long, and so we must seek Him early in order to be ready to take on the day.  

 

The Bible says in Psalms 63:2, “To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.” This is one of the reasons that David did seek the Lord so much. We need to see the power and the glory of God in our lives in order to have the outcomes that would make a difference. We do not want to only have a human life in a material world. There are things that only God can do because only He has all power.

 

The Bible says in Psalms 63:3-4, “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.[4] Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.” David knew that God loved him, and David knew that God was merciful to him. That is why David praised God. If you know Jesus as Savior, you have the same reasons to praise God every day of your life too: God’s love and mercy that has been showered on you.

 

The Bible says in Psalms 63:5-6, “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:[6] When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” When David mentions “marrow and fatness” in verse five, he is talking about physical health, and thus he is comparing the health of his “soul” to his physical health. Some people spend a lot of time on their physical condition with exercise and diet, but what about their soul and their spirit? No human being will ever be “satisfied” unless and until they come to know Christ as their Savior. Because David was a true believer, he used two words to describe his condition: “satisfied” and “joyful.” In verse six David tells us why he was so satisfied and joyful: he remembered and he meditated on what God had done for him and on Who God is.

 

The Bible says in Psalms 63:7, “Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.” David had confidence in the Lord because the Lord had helped David in the past. For example, David knew that God would help him fight Goliath because God had helped him fight a lion and a bear when David was younger and guarding the sheep. That is what happens when you grow in the Lord. Once you are saved and you keep following Jesus and stay in the Word, you will learn about God and yourself and how to live by faith. It takes time, but the experience of seeing God help you will be a resource to fall back on some day, and you will be able to say the same thing that David said: “Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.” It will be easier for us to trust in the Lord a second time, knowing how He helped us in the past.

 

The Bible says in Psalms 63:8, “My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.” The phrase “followeth hard” means to make a big effort to be close to the Lord. It takes an effort of the heart and of the will. What is important to you? It will take a strong desire to stay close to the Lord Jesus. Once we follow the Lord in this way, we will reap the benefits of His protective hand on our lives.

 

The Bible says in Psalms 63:9, “But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.” Your real enemies are your spiritual enemies. There are those who would like to see your soul destroyed. Anyone who really cares about you will want you to prosper spiritually in your relationship with the Lord Jesus and will be glad to know that you are saved. It is a spiritual war that is taking place, and you are involved in a spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies. People are not your main enemies. It says in Ephesians 6:12-13, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.[13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” It is important to be prepared for the spiritual battle. One aspect to our faith in Jesus is the truth that we know the final of this war, and we are already on the winning side thanks to Jesus. That is why David says at the end of Psalms 63:9 that his spiritual enemies “shall go into the lower parts of the earth.” In other words they will go to hell.

 

The Bible says in Psalms 63:10, “They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.” Concerning certain things, David knows the future. So do we. You can read about the future in the book of Revelation, the book of Daniel, Matthew chapter twenty-four and other places in the Bible such as First Thessalonians chapter four and Second Thessalonians chapter two. David knew that ultimately his enemies would lose. That is one reason that we pray for them. The good thing is that no one has to be a loser. Everyone can turn to Jesus and fins forgiveness for his or her sins.

 

The Bible says in Psalms 63:11, “But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.” David was “the king.” David knew what he was going to do: “rejoice.” David rejoiced before the victory came because David knew that His God was going to give victory no matter what the problems and no matter who the enemies. People can get crushed by life, but not those who have this kind of faith in the Lord. One of the things that make the wicked so bad is the lying words that come out of their mouths. But this is a temporary situation. Believers are always looking forward to the permanent situation that will be established when Jesus comes back and makes things right: “the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.” They will confess the name of Jesus when they are bowing before Him in judgment. Call upon Jesus now as you bow before Him now, and get saved before it is too late.

 

 

 

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