“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.” Psalm 63:1–3
Psalm sixty-three is a psalm that expresses David’s longing for God.
Verse one begins by David saying, “You are my God; early will I seek You.” These words speak to David’s priorities when it comes to seeking after God. They’re more than a declaration that he will begin his day by seeking God in prayer; they’re David’s proclamation that no matter what the situation is God will be the one that he goes to first to talk about it. If it’s good or wonderful, God will be the one to first hear his joy and receive his praise. If some hardship or trouble has arisen, God will be the first to hear his sorrow, to listen to his requests and desires. And if David has made a mistake or done something wrong it’s to God that he will first turn to begin his repentance and to make his confession.
And David doesn’t do this merely because he knows it’s the right thing to do. Verse one continues by David saying, “my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You.”
Do you yearn for God? Do you need him and reach out for him like a person needs water and seeks for it?
The longing David expressed was more than a feeling that he could use a drink of water. His thirst for God is more comparable to the thirst a person experiences when they’ve been traveling through the desert and have run short on water and it’s been hours that they’ve been needing a drink of water. Your mouth is so dry water it’s all you can think about and your body is in such need everything craves it. That’s the kind of longing David has for God.
Do you look for God? David did. That’s why he would go to the temple, to have an encounter with God. When you go to church are you looking for God?
I fear that most of the time I’m not looking to see God. It’s like I’ve gotten used to being thirsty and I’ve lost touch with my need for him. It’s easy to let other priorities get in the way.
I’m a pastor, so Sabbath morning I have a sabbath school lesson to teach and after that a sermon to deliver, add in the people to greet and listen to and the several small decisions to make on any given sabbath morning and there’s often a fairly long list of things I’ve needed to do other than seek for God.
But that’s just me and I know that each one of us in our own way has similar kinds of things pressing into their time to seek out God.
On Sabbath I’ve learned that if I’m going to meaningfully seek God I have to make the time to do it before church. Like David I have to early seek God. But not just on Sabbath. Everyday I have to prioritize time with God. Everyday I have to remember my souls need for him and reach out to him. He’s the only one that can satisfy.