Read Psalm 63:1-11
I have read and re-read this psalm so many times over the past few months. I just love it. I love the proclamation of who God is. I love the desperate cry of David as he seeks to be closer to God. I love the reminder that God is truly better than everything else in life.
Most of all, I am drawn to the need David has for God. He is in the middle of a desert, yet he says that he thirsts for God. He proclaims amidst the sand that God is better than even the most delectable food.
I wonder what it would look like if we began to live our lives like this. To say, “God, you are better than everything else. Even life itself.” To deny ourselves and to live to glorify Him with everything we have.
I believe in a Church, the very body of Christ, that is known for clinging to Jesus Christ. Imagine that; A whole body of believers who are steadfast in their faith because they have beheld the power and glory of the Lord. People who wake up and devote their day to Christ and fall asleep thanking Him for who He is. People whose every move is grounded in glorifying Christ. That is the Psalm 63 lifestyle.
So, what does it take to be fully satisfied in the Lord? It takes surrender and eyes to see the Lord’s goodness. We must surrender ourselves to Him. We must fully depend on His strength. We must recognize the gifts that He has given us.
This is not an easy lifestyle. It is hard, but it is also so worth it. If you want to live out the Psalm 63 life, I want to challenge you to do these two things:
- Each day for the next week, focus on an attribute (His holiness, goodness, love, mercy, justice, omniscience, knowledge, etc.) of God each day and praise Him for who He is. As we do this, we will begin to shape our hearts towards giving Him all of the glory. When we recognize why He deserves to be glorified, we become even more steadfast in our faith which leads to a richer and fuller life in Him.
- Proclaim His name in your desert. I don’t know what that is for you. It might be something surrounding COVID-19, a hardship with a family member, a financial burden, or something else. Give it to Him and then praise Him for being good in the middle of it. When we change the patterns of our hearts to worship our God, even when the circumstances would suggest that we shouldn’t, our whole lives begin to change. We begin to look more like Him and it seeps into other areas of our lives, as well.
I’m excited for what life looks like after the stay-at-home order. I have absolutely no idea what it will look like, but I know that God is going to use His Church in big ways.
Don’t you want to be a part of that?