What Does Psalm 63:1 Mean?

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.

Psalm 63:1(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Life often takes us through the weary place and the parched wilderness on this journey through life, where only God can provide the comfort and sustenance we desperately need. He alone is our present help in time of trouble, and His compassion and mercy towards us is new every morning.  How precious that as His children, we can legitimately cry out: "O God, You are MY God.".

It was David who penned this hymn of worship and praise as he trudged through the arid, waterless, Judean wilderness. He was without friends, hunted by enemies and placed in an enforced exile from his people and homeland. But in simple, yet beautiful language he compares his deep yearning for the Lord with parched land that is dry and desolate. He compares his desperate longing for the Lord with a place that is devoid of water, as he cries out to God: O God, You are MY God. Early will I seek You. My soul thirsts for You. My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land - where there is no water.

David was a man who had developed a passion for God from his youth. He sought the Lord early in life and at the break of each day he yearned for the Lord with childlike simplicity. David found out that God was his faithful Shepherd and strong Tower. He had discovered that the Lord was His abiding Treasure and the Rock of my Salvation.

David sought after God with an eager intensity that we would do well to emulate, for we too are His people and we are also the sheep of His pasture.  We are His by creation, and His through purchase - we are His by promise and His by permission.

We are the people of God and He the God our salvation. He is ours through time and we are His into eternity. He chose us before the foundation of the world and knit us together in our mother's womb. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and the works of His hand are marvellous to behold.

The Lord is the Redeemer of my spirit, the Lover of my soul and the permanent Resident within this body of flesh. He is the One to Whom I must fly in all circumstances of life, and in every season of my earthly wanderings, He is the one Who comforts and succours.

When I stray from His side, I must quickly return and seek Him with my whole heart. I must covet His favour with my entire being for He is the Lord and there is no other. He upholds the world by the might of His power yet has become the Comforter of my soul. He has rescued me from the miry clay and set my feet upon the solid Rock. He has filled the hungry with good things.. but the rich have been sent empty away.

Let us seek Him early and pursue Him earnestly because His loving-kindness is better than life itself.  Let us long for Him ardently and desire Him incessantly.  and let us cry out to Him day by day: O Lord, You are MY God. Early will I seek You. My soul thirsts for You. My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land - where there is no water.

My Prayer

O Lord my God, my Saviour, my All-in-all – my JESUS and my Lord. Thank You that you are my God and that You are the living water of life that satisfies the longing of my heart, in a dry and thirsty land. Thank You that no matter where I am or in what circumstances I find myself, You are the Rock upon which I stand and the heavenly Lover of my soul. I pray that my love and passion for You would multiply morning by morning, for You alone can satisfy my inner longing, and understand the deepest cry of my heart – in Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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