The cross is before me and the Psalm 63 says ¹O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; in the darkest of nights your light shines down and I behold your face. My soul thirsts for you, not like my thirst for water, this thirsts goes down to my very being and finds no quench that revives my soul. My body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. My body does not find rest; it searches to the ends of the earth and finds no rest for this weary soul. Where can I be filled?
We look for this water in alcohol, love interests, money, food, and entertainment but we do not realize these things will not fill us. We become restless with the things of this world and we go looking for that one thing that will satisfy us. We are seeking fulfillment in our life as David was seeking God to rest his weary soul.
David in verse 2 says I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. David glimpse God’s power in the sanctuary and knew only God could satisfy him. God was more than money, jewels, companionship, and careers. ³Because your love is better than life. God’s love was more important than David’s life itself. God’s love was better than his wives, children’s, palace, gold, and kingship. God came first in David’s life and he couldn’t part with that relationship. David like many of us knows what it is like to be separate from God; to live in total darkness and living for ourselves. But once you taste God’s love you long for him in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. ⁴I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
In the name of Jesus Christ I will lift my hands because Jesus is better than life. Once you embrace the cross of Jesus Christ you will not want death; where you will never quench your thirst. David had a personal relationship with God that was more than going to church once a week. David sought God in prayer throughout the Psalms you hear David’s heart cry for communion with his Lord. David’s life was not his own he was sold out to God. David loved God and God loved David. In your name I will lift up my hands.
Do you want my Father’s love, protection, security, and presence in your life? David wasn’t perfect he made poor choices. David wasn’t the perfect son he committed adultery, murder, and who knows what else. We are so much like David that Jesus Christ can’t help but love us.
Jesus loves us so much that he spread out his hands in surrender and died on a cross for us. Sure, Jesus struggle with this assignment who weren’t; He prayed a good deal and asked God to take this from him. But, Jesus Christ took his place before the world and was sent to die for a sin He didn’t commit. No words came from his mouth to plead for his life. Humiliation and pain he walked that long road to the cross. In your name I will lift up my hands. Each nail was driven into his hands and feet without hesitation. In your name I will lift up my hands. Sins and iniquities were not his own; He carried them for us. In your name I will lift up my hands. Innocent of all blame he bored our sins before the world and died. In your name I will lift up my hands. Death brought life and life brought resurrection. In your name I will lift up my hands. Victory brought freedom from sin and communion with God in the heavenlies. In your name I will lift up my hands.
⁵My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. What do you find most satisfying? I find crab smothered in butter most satisfying and David says that God satisfies him like crab smothered in butter; and with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Have you ever gone without a meal worrying about your relationship with God? That food didn’t matter at all and all you wanted to know is that He has forgiven you or that you could still hear His voice when He called to you? David was forsaking all others so he could have communion with God. Earnestly I seek you; David was eagerly, seriously, deeply, and gravely seeking God’s face. When we eat that crab we desire it to fill us; and eagerly we wait for that first taste. We should have that same desire for the Lord. In your name I will lift up my hands.
⁶On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night… Are you still thinking of that crab, smothered in butter? Maybe, you do not know the Lord or you have an idol in your heart that keeps you from your communion with the Lord. David heart was not hidden from his Lord for he cried out in prayer his sins to the Father. Give God your idol that keeps you from a close relationship to where on my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Why does David lye thinking of God? ⁷Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. God covered David in a protection where he was secure in God’s arms. David found rest for his weary soul and was able to sing praises to his God.
⁸My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. David has seen God’s power and glory in the sanctuary. He clings unto this awesome God’s who promises him: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) David trusts in God’s words and clings to everything that is God and God grants David safe passage. Do we trust in God so that He can see us through or are we doing it on our own?
David has been resting and abiding in God’s love with confidence David says ⁹they who seek my life will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. ¹°They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. ¹¹But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God’s name will praise him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced. David gave God his petition in prayer. Resting in God’s protection David was made strong. In God’s strength David makes this bold statement they who seek my life will be destroyed… David the king will rejoice; all who swear (give allegiance to God) by God’s name will praise him. Do you praise God when you go through trials? In your name I will lift up my hands. If you don’t maybe it is time we did. Turn your fear into victory by praising the Lord.
What can you do to earn Jesus Christ’s love, strength, protection, and presence in your life? Believe! Believe that Jesus Christ was born in human form, died on the cross for you and rose from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
Pray with me. “Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.
I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me, for every sin… (Name each one to the Father) I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you to be my Father and my friend.
I give you my life back and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ.” Amen.
Thank you, Lord that we can search you out in prayer and while we wait we can rest in your arms. Thank you Lord while we rest in your arms we gain strength to come boldly to the throne room of God. Thank you, Father for your great passion of love that stands to protect your people. In your name I will lift up my hands giving you glory for a Father who gave me victory on the cross.
I pray for your people who still struggle with your embrace. I pray that your people will put to death that wall that keeps you out when you want to love on them. Tear the walls down in Jesus Christ name. Let the light into the creases of darkness that keep you in bondage to sin. Break that thing in us Lord so that we cry in your name I will lift up my hands. In Jesus Christ name I pray. Amen.