Read Psalm 63:1-11
Searching for life sustaining water and shelter and soul sustaining truth, is where David finds himself here in Psalm 63. His enemies are near.
In military combat, they say the “3:1 principle” is a general rule leading to victory. The attacker has to be three times the forces of the defender. David was alone in the desert and his attackers were more than three times his strength.
I was with a group in the desert of Judah a few years ago. I can only imagine the physical desperation I would feel if I were left alone without water and needing to defend my life. It is beautiful if you are visiting and have a water bottle, but scary if you are hiding for your life.
As we toured the desert we stopped at a place called En Gedi. It is an amazing and surprisingly life giving location. There was a stream and even a waterfall with dozens of animals. This is where God led David during his escape. This is a wonderful reminder of how God cared for David and how he cares for us in our desert experiences.
In this prayer of David, we see what it is that gives and sustains life. Earnestly seeking truths of God with a heart of worship can lead us to the best protection for our souls.
I came to this Psalm as a young teenager when my family was engaged in a battle for the spiritual and physical life of a family member. For me it was a desert experience. This Psalm brought such comfort as I lay on my bed and asked God for His intervention. David put words to my prayer…”On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” I saw how God was glorified. I worshiped Him and never had to take up a man made weapon, but was able to rejoice in the One who fought for my family. He is our mighty King.
I have returned to this Psalm during the many battles in my life and am always reminded of His faithfulness. Because His love is better than life, my lips will praise and glorify Him!
Direct your heart to Him during your desert experiences and let Him fight on your behalf. He sure is greater than 3 times your enemy- Satan.
21 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE
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Day 20: Pray for our world
Read Psalm 46:10 and 2 Corinthians 4:13-18. When you watch the news or look at social media, it can seem like the world has lost its mind. Thankfully, God is still in charge. What is something good you want to see God bring out of the chaos? Tell God how you hope to see Him exalted through the difficulties of the day.