It’s a song born out of the wilderness. A melody birthed under the pressure of being on the run from the enemy. And, at it’s essence, it’s a song about knowing afresh the presence of God.
O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You;
my soul thirsts for You;
my flesh faints for You,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary,
beholding Your power and glory. (Psalm 63:1-2 ESV)
It doesn’t take a lot mediation to sense the depths of yearning David had for the presence of God. Earnestly he sought . . . his soul thirsting, his flesh fainting, . . . to know again the waters of heaven found only through communion with the Majestic God of heaven. I get it. Those times you feel like you’re in such a bleak and dry place . . . beyond being able to “fix it” or “make it go away” . . . when all you want is just a fresh glimpse of His glory . . . a fresh taste of His abundant grace.
What strikes me is that the thirst was born out of David’s mindset during the routine and the ritual of the sanctuary. Although he did not have access to enter the holy place, or the holy of holies, he still knew the power and glory of God through the ceremony. He was mindful that he brought his offerings to the place where the glory of God dwelt. His sacrifices weren’t some vain religious repetition, but were acts of heartfelt, mind engaged, worship to the God who had called him. And in going to the sanctuary, David saw past the ceremony and looked upon the Sovereign . . . beholding His power and glory.
So, when in the desert, he dwells upon the power and glory he has beheld. Lying awake on his bed at night, He remembers His God. While standing on night watch, he meditates on His Savior (63:6). And, in remembrance of God’s faithfulness, in reminding himself that God’s “steadfast love is better than life,” the silent night of the desert is broken by the sweet song of worship . . . a sacrifice of praise . . . the fruit of David’s lips acknowledging the power of God’s holy name (63:3, Heb. 13:15).
As David thirsts to know again the presence of God, he recalls the power and glory of God, and he, himself, through songs of heartfelt adoration, draws near to God.
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8a ESV)
And I guess I’m seeing that in times when God seems distant . . . in times when your whole being cries out to know again the touch of His presence . . . in times when you thirst for the water of the living God . . . that, in those times, recalling the glory known . . . and remembering the faithfulness shown . . . evokes a praise which primes the pump of heaven’s flow.
The springs of heaven are opened up as we bless His Name . . . even in the wilderness. The satisfying presence of God is renewed as our mouths are filled with praise . . . even in the desert.
Is it too simplistic to think that the presence of God is known as we “prime the pump” with the praise of our lips?
I’m thinkin’ . . .
By His grace . . . for His glory