Psalm 63:1-5 (NASB)
God, You are my God; I shall be watching for You;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and exhausted land where there is no water.
So have I seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and glory.
Because Your [b]favor is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with fat and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.
David had an all-encompassing desire to be close to God, to be in His presence. In the sixty-first Psalm, he said he wanted to live in God's tent forever. In this passage, he compares it to being thirsty and not being able to find water. He knew what that was like, living in Judah. The hill country had long dry seasons, and if the cistern you were counting on was dry, it was a long way to the next one. What is it we seek? What do we long for and how desperately?
He longed for the presence of God because he had encountered God in worship in the sanctuary. At that time the tabernacle was still in use. The temple would be built by his son Solomon. That tabernacle is probably referring to God's tent that David said he wanted to live in forever. There in worship, he had an encounter with God that so captivated his soul that it became all he longed for. It was a vision of the power and glory of God. Have you had an encounter with God that has captured your desires? You can find it in His Word. You can find it as David did in worship. If you ask for it, with a motivation of wanting to desire God in a greater way, He will answer. You are praying for His will.
What did David understand when he beheld the power and glory of God? He saw God's love is better than life itself. He saw the love of God that passes understanding. As we see God’s love in a greater way, it births in us a greater love for Him because love begets love. David’s response to that revelation was to glorify God. The Apostle Paul prayed that the Ephesians would know the love of Christ in all its dimensions so that they might be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:16-19).
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Jesus, thank you for Your love for me. Thank you that your love is always accessible and that you look for the chance to show me your love. Please help me to see your love in the smallest of spaces and the shortest moments.