A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
1 O 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.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands. (Psalm 63:1-4)
David describes what it looks like to truly worship God in the sanctuary. This is not a going to church out of obligation, but a going because he cannot hold back his praise. God has been his greatest joy, the one to sustain him while in the wilderness (when David was running from his life from Saul). Sometimes it is only the tough experiences of life that separate us from the things we cling to in this life for comfort long enough to find out that God is so much more than we imagined, so much more than the worldly comforts that we once enjoyed. James writes, “consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of may kinds because the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
Have you ever faced a trial such that you had no other option but to cling to Christ? If so, what was your experience?
Ask God to grant you to know God through Jesus in such a way that find his steadfast love is better than life.
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 2 Kings 12, 2 Tim 2, Ho 3-4, Ps 62-63