The apostle Paul makes it clear that in the “Last Days”, “Perilous Times” will come and there is no doubt that we are in the last, very last days and these are very perilous times.
Scripture is replete with passages admonishing Christians to seek God. Not just in times of trouble but all the time; morning, noon, and night. The Psalms are loaded with such passages and provide great comfort to the elect under the law and for us today under grace.
So much of the Psalms admonishes believers to seek God and His lovingkindness (mercy), and Psalm 63:1-8 is the epitome of “seeking God”.
With King David in the wilderness of Judah, enemies all around him, alone, he pours out his heart to God sincerely seeking and thirsting for God.
In verse three of Psalm 63:3, we identify why David was so driven to seek God.
‘Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.’
David knew of God’s lovingkindness because he experienced it and to him, it was more important than life itself.
For believers today, we too know of God’s tremendous lovingkindness in the work of the cross. That God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to be the supreme sacrifice for our sin and the sins of the world by and through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection (the gospel).
Two passages come to mind immediately that fit perfectly for us today. Read on…
‘I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ‘
‘Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ ‘
Now King David’s powerful words in Psalm 63:1-8.
It’s important to grasp the setting, David is in the wilderness in Judah completely alone and without any support. Does David ask God to send armies of angels to crush his enemies? Does David ask for any help at all? No! No cry for help at all. But instead David put his trust in God’s faithfulness as God has saved David many times in times past. And gives thanks and praises God.
We too as grace age believers must place our trust in what God has already done in saving us. And believe that He will faithfully complete what He promised which is eternal life spent with the Lord in glory.
‘being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; ‘
So let us make it a priority to worship God in the morning, in the noonday, and before we go to sleep at night. In other words, let us praise God and communicates with Him by prayer and supplication 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
I recommend reading Psalm 63, not once or twice but several times.
‘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. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.’