The Psalm As Prayer: Longing For God

Psalm 63 has two parts. The first part of the Psalm is our prayer today (v 1-8).  David is in the desert of Judah, fleeing under threat of death.  The precise circumstances are not clear, nor are they important. 

Despite David’s circumstances, the Psalm contains no petition for help. Just a seeking after God, praising His power and glory, gratitude for His care, and the certainty of His future provision.

Listen to this song from the heart of David, a man after God’s own heart:

O God, you are my God,
and I long for you.
My whole being desires you;
like a dry, worn-out, and waterless land,
my soul is thirsty for you.
Let me see you in the sanctuary;
let me see how mighty and glorious you are.
Your constant love is better than life itself,
and so I will praise you.
I will give you thanks as long as I live;
I will raise my hands to you in prayer.
My soul will feast and be satisfied,
and I will sing glad songs of praise to you.
As I lie in bed, I remember you;
all night long I think of you,
because you have always been my help.
In the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
I cling to you, and your hand keeps me safe.
(GNT)

It is reported that David directed this Psalm to be heralded (read publicly) at least once a day, every day.  We do know that it was decreed and ordained by the early Church fathers that no day should pass without the public singing of this Psalm.

I pray that it would be your prayer as well.

Amen

#identifiedwithChrist #prayer

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