Psalm 63 is written by David when hiding in the wilderness of Judah. He makes it clear just how vital his relationship with God truly is. “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water”. This is personal between David and God. It’s how our relationship with the Creator should be too. One on one – God and me – the center of my attention and focus. David paints a picture of how that relationship looks – he seeks God – he thirsts for God – he faints for God. He is pursuing his relationship with the Father just like we need to do. That doesn’t happen without the investment of time and energy. We have to go after God and invest in walking with Him.
David knows he is walking with a God of power. “So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory”. God exudes power and glory if we merely look at Him and His creation. He is the almighty King and His glory is all around us if we only open our eyes and see. But there is more to God than that. “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you”. God’s love is as good as it gets. His steadfast love not only endures forever, it is truly better than life. It is is the reason why David was so motivated to pursue God.
Guzik writes in his commentary that David both knew and experienced something of God’s lovingkindness that many believers today do not know and experience.
- People regard life as natural; David regarded God’s great love as natural
- People enjoy life; David enjoyed God’s great love
- People value life; David valued God’s great love
- People will sacrifice to live; David would sacrifice for God’s great love
- People want to give life to others; David wanted to give God’s great love
- People despair without the sense of life; David despaired without the sense of God’s great love
God’s love is so far beyond our ability to comprehend it. But as David tells us – it is better than life. It is enough for us to spend our entire lives honoring and praising His name.
David is satisfied with his relationship with God. He is completely fulfilled by God’s love. “My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy”. And that fulfillment doesn’t just sit inside him. He is overwhelmed with praise and can’t forget who God is and what He has done. God is worthy of our praise. God is our source of help and for that we should praise Him unendingly!