Today I want to take a closer look at Psalm 63.
I want to ask you what it means for God to be your God? Is He Lord of your everything or is He just Lord over what you allow Him to Lord over? what I mean by that is, do you repent of some sins and keep others? Do you give God some of you, or do you give God all of you? Your time, your money, your heart, your health, your eyes, your mouth, your soul…have you given Him your life, or just what is convenient?
Is Psalm 62, David calls the people to pour out their hearts before God. This imagery evokes an emptying of your self before God. Then in Psalm 63, David starts out his psalm with a confident statement. “O God, you are my God.” I think God is calling you to pour out your heart to Him; all of it, and make God your God today.
I believe that from this statement, “O God you are my God,” the rest of the psalm can be said in confidence. I want to ask you if these verses characterize you today like they characterized David?
Psalm 63: 1-8
1O 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.
2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Can you say this about yourself, “O God you are my God….” So I…
Examine your heart and soul and ask yourself if this characterizes you? My heart is truly challenged this morning. Although this is how I wish I could characterize myself, if I am honest with myself and with God, it isn’t always true of me.
I want us to see that not only does David say that these things characterize him because God is his God, but also because David values God above life itself. In verse 3 David says, “because your steadfast love is better than life.”
We are studying 1 Peter in our life groups, and this week we talked about how we find that holiness stems from, “tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:3)
You see, when you meditate on the love of God, His goodness and grace, His love and mercy; when you see that even in our sin, God loved us and saved us from our sin to a life of holiness then our appetites begin to change. We thirst for God, we crave more of Him, we will not be satisfied in anything but God, we will cling to Him every morning and every evening!
Don’t let another day go by where you thirst for anything other than the King of Kings and Lords of Lords! Check your heart this morning. The good news is that, if you sought after anything other than God yesterday, if he was not Lord yesterday, His mercies are new today! Start your day today tasting and seeing that the Lord is good! See that the steadfast love of the Lord is better than life itself!