Most of us are familiar with the 23rd Psalm and its comforting assurance of God’s guidance, provision and protection. David is a great instructor in the love language of God. He masterfully conveys God’s care for us and his life of meditation and worship produced a confidence in God that is enviable.
This Psalm 63 is noted to have been composed by David while in the wilderness during Absalom’s rebellion.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes. But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
“God First”, and at times “God only” is what I think of when I read this passage. I can only imagine the heart ache of a father being pursued by a murderous child. David faithfully clings to the faithfulness of His God. There is no better convincer than experience. Surely David has read the Holy Scriptures or had them read to him as King, but nothing produces the surety of David’s faith like “experiencing God” in difficult times. With certainty, David writes of triumph over his enemies IN God. And it was so.
David’s relationship with God produced songs and psalms that are “reverentially poetic.” And though Literature was my major, I was never “awed” by the poetic works of contemporary men. You can have Lord Byron, Hubert, Merrick and Yeats. I guess you could say that I am more utilitarian than romantic. lol