1 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
4 So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5 My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
Examine / Explain
A Psalm of David in the wilderness of Judah. I believe David was feeling alone. If he was in the wilderness, he may have worked hard to move through the wilderness and was indeed thirsty. While dealing with physical thirst, I thought about the provision of God and how we can thirst for him. Also, if we have joy seated in God no matter the circumstances, we know that His lovingkindness is better than anything else, and we will praise Him. David was satisfied deep within everything that he is, by God.
How do I apply this to my life?
Am I satisfied in God? Am I in the wilderness, struggling to make it? I am dealing with being lonely and I thirst for the richness of communion with God. I long to be filled with a relationship with Christ so as I am in the wilderness I can still have praise on my lips. Where is my heart, mind, and soul? Do I really live out my position in Christ? Have I seen God’s power and glory and live life according to the knowledge? Or do I still not trust Him in every area of my life? He constantly pours out blessings on me. Do I bless God? How do I bless God? Thinking through verse four, I worship Him. Bless in Hebrew can be translated as kneel. I bow down and lift my hands in surrender. How am I doing in that? I think I’m a pretty defiant rebel. In my rebellion, will my soul be satisfied with marrow and fatness? Do I offer praises from joyful lips? Or do I constantly complain about life? That would be the overflow of the heart. Again, where is my heart, mind, and soul? Worshiping and being satisfied? Kneeling and bowing in submission to God? What needs to change? Perspective? Attitude? Heart? Mind?
What is my response?
Father, am I broken over my rebellious heart? Or am I just broken? Wandering through this life blindly groping for anything I think will satisfy my soul? If I do manage to get a grip on something, what good will it do? It is temporal; it can’t save me, and I will end up abusing it, for we are a people of excess. Lord, I ask that you change my perspective where it needs to be changed. I want my soul to be satisfied with marrow and fatness. I want my mouth to offer praises with joyful lips. I don’t want to be distracted by things that pull me away from You. I want to stay focused and sing praises even in the wilderness. I want my thirst to be quenched by the Living God and by God alone. I cannot do it without You, Lord. I need Your help in everything. I pray that I see You in everything. Amen.