God inhabits the Praises of His people (Ps 22:3)…
“Only in acts of worship and praise can a person learn to believe in the goodness and the greatness of God. God wants us to praise Him, not because He needs or craves, in any sense, our flattery. But because He knows that praise creates joy and thankfulness.”
— CS Lewis
Praise is not something that we do for God. Nor is it something that we do in order to get God’s approval so that He will grant our desires.
When we praise God, we are changed—even if our circumstances are not.
While God is present everywhere, all the time, He is present in a special way when His people praise Him.
The Christian walk is all about our committing ourselves totally and completely to Jesus and keeping our focus on Him each and every day.
Read Psalm 63
David’s Passion for God (63:1-5)…
Hiding from his enemies in the barren wilderness of Judah, David was intensely lonely.
He longed for a friend he could trust to ease his loneliness.
No wonder he cried out, “O God, you are my God; . . . My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.”
If you are lonely or thirsty for something lasting in your life, remember David’s prayer. God alone can satisfy our deepest longings.
In these verses, David affirms his soul’s consuming passion to behold God.
David began by declaring, O God, you are my God. He identified God as “my God,” reflecting the intimate relationship he had with the Lord.
More than just believing in the existence of God, and more than just knowing about God, David actually knew him personally as “my God.”
Therefore, David stated, Earnestly I seek you, revealing his longing to pursue the knowledge of God by taking the initiative.
Finding himself in a barren wilderness, a dry and weary land where there is no water, David felt more than a physical thirst for water.
He experienced an intense inner longing for God:
“My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.”
He knew that he must maintain a close, vibrant walk with God to be sustained, strengthened, and satisfied.
His soul could no more live without God than his body could live without water (cp. Pss. 42:1-2; 84:2; 143:6; Matt. 5:6; John 7:37).
David’s passionate longing for God was intensified because of a past encounter he had back in Jerusalem in the sanctuary.
In this experience he beheld God in His power and glory.
Perhaps this was similar to Isaiah’s vision of God’s holiness (Isa. 6:1-8).
This high view of God, leading to a deeper knowledge of God, had gripped David’s soul at a time before his enemies drove him into the wilderness.
It was David’s experience of God’s glory in his life that led him to seek God so passionately.
He had beheld the great King of the universe, exalted in absolute power, undiminished in blazing glory, awesome and transcendent.
David’s Praise for God (63:3-5)…
David declares his commitment to praise God in whom his soul delights.
Having encountered God so dramatically, David was moved to praise Him. My lips will glorify you, he vowed, because your love is better than life.
This steadfast love by which God had committed Himself to David was more valuable to him than life itself.
He knew that God was not only with him but for him through thick and thin, in good times and bad times, both on and off the throne, in the royal court as well as in the rugged wilderness.
Because of God’s unconditional love, David pledged, I will praise you as long as I live.
God’s steadfast love for David prompted the same kind of love in David for God.
In the midst of this wilderness experience, his lips were active in praising God.
In your name I will lift up my hands, he declared, assuming a humble posture in prayer.
He was ready to receive every good gift through personal trust in God alone.
In God, David declared, my soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods.
He used the metaphor of a royal banquet prepared with the choicest of foods.
David probably remembered the stately feasts he enjoyed as Israel’s king.
With this regal background, he reminded his own heart that only God could satisfy the true yearnings of his soul (John 4:13-14; 6:35).
As a result, David stated in jubilation, With singing lips my mouth will praise you.
David’s Pursuit of God (63:6-8)…
David remembers how his mind was consumed with thoughts of God.
On my bed I remember you, David declared, recalling what he had seen “in the sanctuary” (v. 2).
He thought of God through the watches of the night.
When David awoke in the night, his first and best thought was about God.
He was a man with a mind that sought the Lord.
No wonder he had a God-satisfied soul.
David explained why he was so preoccupied with God: Because you are my help.
Because of this, he was singing in the shadow of God’s wings.
David was surely baking under the hot sun of the wilderness.
He found occasional relief in the shade that brought comfort and peace.
This cooling shade was precisely what God was to his troubled soul.
Under the fiery heat of trials, he found relief in the shadow of God’s presence.
This divine shadow, able to shield him from all fear and anxiety, is compared to the way a mother bird shelters her young beneath her wings.
God was David’s strength and encouragement in this scorching trial.
David stated that his soul was clinging to God with a strong grasp of faith.
But at the same time, God’s right hand was holding him up.
Who was holding whom? While David was clinging to God, God was upholding him.
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Tuesday, Oct 4
Faithit Daily Devotional
SING NOW, SING FOREVER!
“For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
— Psalm 63:7
Oftentimes, we think only of singing when we’re happy and times are good, but singing bringing strength for trial comes out in Acts 16.
Paul and Silas are unjustly imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel, and what do they do while they’re in prison? Sing! (Acts 16:25)
Even in suffering, SING!
As you study Scripture on this point you’ll notice that sometimes singing gives birth to joy and sometimes joy gives birth to singing.
But persistently in Scripture, joy and singing are bound together.
You can’t study one of those two biblical themes without encountering the other.
If you struggle for joy – SING!
If you are joyful – SING!
In God’s perfect design and in His perfect understanding of the human condition He has bound joy and singing together for His people.
Singing has such a unique way of bringing your heart, soul, mind, and strength together to focus entirely and completely on God.
In an age of distraction, singing grabs the attention of all our senses and focuses us on God.
In Revelation 7:9-10, the Apostle John describes a glimpse of eternity with a great multitude of people from every tribe, peoples, and languages singing before the Lamb,
“Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Will you on that day be one of the great multitude that no one could number, singing the song of the Lamb, singing His praises?
I hope you’ll be there, singing the song of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Dear God, please help me to turn to You with a song in my heart throughout the day. In Jesus’ name. Amen .
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