Meditating upon the Love of God Psalm 63
Dr. Jerry A. Collins
We cannot control the
circumstances of life. They come and go as they please. We are left to deal
with them. This Psalm teaches us that we can find satisfaction and cause for
great praise in our difficulties by meditating upon the loyal love of God. Understanding
our crisis in the light of Gods lovingkindness, frames our situation from Godís
point of view, not just our own. †
PHYSICAL NEEDS REMIND
DEVOUT BELIEVERS OF THEIR SPIRITUAL NEEDS
1 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.
Observation: Due to his personal
relationship with God, he has an all-consuming passion for God who alone can
meet him in his bleak circumstances.
Interpretation: The use of O God is his turning to God in some dire
situation. The description my God reveals
the personal nature of the request. This is not just Ďthe big man upstairsí.
The relationship is such that he seek[s] you [God] earnestly with a longing desire while physically in the wilderness a dry and weary land where there is no water.
He applies this to his spiritual conditionóhe needs God my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You.
Application: When we are adversely threatened
we can rely on the simple truth that the living God is our God, and we are his
2 Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.
Observation: What he witnessed in the
sanctuary he now longs to see in the wilderness, namely, Godís powerful and
Interpretation: He remembers his spiritual
needs met in the past when I have seen
You in the sanctuary. This would have been in the Temple in Jerusalem where
he had worshipped God. Praise was offered there for the powerful and glorious
things that God did to see Your power and
Your glory. It is Your power and Your
glory he yearns to see evidence of in the wilderness where its
demonstration can save his life.
Application: Remembering our spiritual
needs God has met in the past, encourages us to seek evidence of Godís faithfulness
to us in our present need.
MEDITATING UPON GODS LOYAL LOVE
INSPIRES JOYFUL PRAISE AND OBEDIENCE
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You.
Observation: Compared to lifeís upís and
downís, he can praise God for His loyal love.
Interpretation: Godís lovingkindness is a benefit that never changes due to
circumstances, and can never be manipulated by them. In fact, Godís loyal love is better than life in the sense that it
enriches life even with its unavoidable troubles. The loyal love of God is
constant and true while our lives are daily interrupted by difficulty. †The loyal love of God is the reason that my lips will praise You even in the
Application: We can count upon the loyal
love of God to give us what serves our best interests in any life situation we
4 So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
The writer proclaims he will enrich
Godís name with accompanying praise throughout his lifetime.
say I will bless You is to announce
Godís favor. He adds I will lift up my hands which is a gesture of praise.
So he will praise the favor of God in
Your [Godís} name. The name of
God refers to Godís reputation. With the blessing
and lifting up my hands he vows to
enhance Godís reputation in all the land. This he plans to do throughout his
Application: Proclaiming the intrinsic
value of our God should become the preoccupation of our lives.
5 My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
Observation: Thinking about Godís ability to satisfy his
every need brought a sense of fullness into His life.
Interpretation: He compares the
satisfaction of his spiritual desires my
soul is satisfied, with feasting upon the richest foods with marrow and fatness. And when he is
satisfied, he will sing praises my mouth offers praises. He will sing praises with joyful lips that shout for joy or
break out into joyful singing. This would be an enthusiastic response to Godís
abundant provision of the desires of his heart.
Application: Our joyful praise of God is
conditioned upon our capability to realize the benefits of the love of God for
6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
Observation: He ponders God at night
recollecting the things God has said and done.
Interpretation: After eating, he now mentions
his meditation of God in bed at night. I
remember You emphasizes pondering what is called to mind. I meditate on You is to consider the
things of God. The two thoughts convey that he thinking about what he is
remembering about God. He meditates, utters words under his breath, prays about
these and exhorts himself to action.†
Application: We should meditate upon the
Word of God at night as we prepare to sleep, and resolve to respond to that
meditation in some tangible way.
7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
Under Godís watch care, He will certainly
pondering at night included God who has been
my help. This is one significant benefit of the loyal love of God. God is a
helper par excellence! While parched at night in the wilderness, He ponders Godís
ability to do for him what he cannot do for himself. Without this divine help
he would be left to wither away in that barrenness. He compares Gods protecting
love as being in the shadow of Your wings. The imagery includes warmth,
protection, and provision.
Application: It is when desperate that we
can most appreciate Godís divine ability to help. †††
8 My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.
Observation: He is confident that as he grasps
God, God grasps him.
Interpretation: He restates the close
relationship he has with God my soul
clings to You as if glued to something. He is expressing his loyalty to
God. No matter his distress and deprivation in life, he still holds fast to his
God. Even in the wilderness, with no access to the sanctuary, he is firmly
united to God with the strongest affection. Conversely, Your right hand upholds me. Godís power preserves his relationship
with the living God.
Application: The distress your life
situations create should never interfere with your confident faith in Godís
SATISFACTION FROM GODS LOYAL LOVE
ENCOURAGES HOPE OF VICTORY
9 But those who seek my life to destroy it, will go into the depths of the earth. 10 They will be delivered over to the power of the sword; they will be a prey for foxes.
Observation: His life is threatened by
enemies determined to destroy him who themselves will be annihilated.
Interpretation: With this dramatic change, the
implication is that the Psalmist was in the wilderness due to those who seek my life to destroy it.
But in reality they will only bring destruction upon themselves for they will go into the depths of the earth.
Their death is certain. Their destruction will come by the power of the sword. Not only will the enemy die in battle, they
will not even have a decent burial they
will be a prey for foxes. Scavengers would devour them. What the enemy had
hoped for this one in the wilderness, will actually be their end.
Application: Our meditation upon the loyal
love of God assures us of Godís ability to perform His will no matter the
threatening circumstances we face.
11 But the king will rejoice in God; Everyone who swears by Him will glory, For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.
Observation: After his deliverance he will lead a procession of praise to God.
Interpretation: When the Lord silences his enemies, the people will return to the
sanctuary and celebrate their mighty deliverance everyone who swears by Him will
glory. The praise will be led by the king [who] will rejoice in God.
And the reason for this procession of praise is that the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped. Silencing them
is the effect of their being killed. So here is the difference between the
mouth that praises God, and the mouth that forges lies and deceit or falsehood.
The first will never be silenced but shall sing forever. The second shall be
rendered speechless at the judgment of God.
Application: Praise to God is always the
appropriate response when God either delivers us from or through our
The life that we have is due to the fact that God loved us and
freed us from sin, and made us a kingdom of priests. So, all glory and praise
is to be given to Him alone. To Him who loves us and released
us from our sins by His blood and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God
and Father-to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen (Revelation 1:5b-6).