Posted: March 10, 2011
I am always excited when it is time to start a new Psalm. I am like a child opening the toy box for the first time or a miner striking gold in a mine. We want to begin this week in Psalm 63 which is one of the five wilderness Psalms in the Bible. The title tells us it was written in the wilderness of Judah. It was during this time when Absalom had sought to take David’s throne and he was fleeing for his life. It seems Absalom, Aithophel, and Joab were planning David's funeral. If we are wilderness conscious it will bring us to the grave. If our eyes are upon Christ alone there will be a much different outcome. Let us see in this Psalm that God brings David from a funeral to festivities. He is knocked down but not out. He will arise again to walk in newness of the king’s life.
The question arises how did David turn a funeral situation into a time of festivities? Let us look this week in verses 1-3 and see David’s panting desire. In these verses we see the first dawn open to a time of moving from death to life for David. In verse one I see a panting desire. This is a very troubling hour for David but instead of giving up David continues to seek and pant after Him. How long must I seek for Him in this dark hour? Simply this long. You must seek Him, until you find Him. David in his panting desire tells us of whom he seeks in the phrase ‘oh God thou art my God’. Desperation is magnified in the word O when David lays claims to God as being his own personal possession in the phrase oh my God. David does not waste the day in wondering what he should do, but instead he purposes early to seek the Lord. The phrase ‘early will I seek’ means at the dawn to be in a painstaking, earnest, enquiring search after God. It implies betimes or a continuous searching until one finds what you're looking for. David says this panting search has come because his soul is so thirsty. Let us pant for Him as the dear pants after the water brook. He has promised that He will pour water on a dry and thirsty soul.
In verse two I noticed there is a powerful desire mentioned. Living out in the wide open, while running from Absalom, David's desire was once again to experience the powerful services that he once attended in the temple sanctuary. It was these times when God would come down in power and great glory. It is amazing how God will give us a little glimmer of hope in our times of trouble that the power of God's glory will arise and shine on us again. He did this clearly for David. The night David left and possibly wrote this Psalm there is a recording of history for that night in II Samuel 15:23-29. As David was leaving and crossing Kidron and running for his life here came behind him Zadok and the Levite priest bearing the ark of the covenant of God on poles. David told them to take the ark back to its rightful place, because just the fact of them risking their lives to bring out ark assured him of the presence of God.
In verse three we see a praising desire. David lifts up his lips of praise in this very dark hour of trouble. You may say I don't feel like praising God, praise him until you feel like it. David praises God for His loving kindness. The word means the stooping down of a superior to an inferior and lifting the inferior to the superior. David said of his praise that it is better than life. This kind of activity will turn a funeral into festivities and lead you through your wilderness.