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.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
In this psalm, David talks about thirsting after God. He is praying to God and describing to God how he feels about Him. David is a man who had tasted the Lord’s goodness. He had seen God do some incredible things in his lifetime. He knows how good God is. He says that he earnestly seeks God. He is always seeking to know God more and to know God better. David is not satisfied with where he is in his relationship with God. He is always seeking to be closer. He says that his soul thirsts for God. That means that his soul is not satisfied until God is there. He says in verse 2 that he has seen God in the sanctuary and he has seen God do mighty things. David is talking about thirsting for this God whom he has seen. He says that God’s love is better than life, and that is why he is going to praise God. David doesn’t say that he is praising God to impress someone, or to make himself look better. He is praising God because God’s love is better than life itself! In verse 5 he says that his soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods. David thirsted in his soul for God and he knew that God would more than fill his soul. He says that all throughout the night, he thinks about God. In verse 7 he says that he will sing to God because it is God who is his help. He says that he will cling to God. He will stick with God as close as he can. In verse 11, he says that all who call themselves God’s children will praise Him.
David gives us a great example of praising God because of who God is and what God has done. God is his God. God is his help. God is his refuge. God loves him. God provides for him. All of these are reasons that David says he will praise God. As we desire to live a life of worship, we must experience God’s goodness. David knew what it was like to thirst after God and be satisfied and fulfilled by God. We must know that too. We cannot worship God in the purest way if we do not have an understanding of how marvelous He is. David had learned that. David was a worshiper because he responded to God’s goodness and God’s grace. If we want to live a life of worship like David, we must realize all that God has done for us. We must come to the place where we thirst after Him, knowing that we will not be satisfied until we have Him. God has made Himself available to us, and we can seek Him and search after Him and find Him just as David did. We will never know of God’s goodness and His grace and His satisfying, until we make Him our one and only desire. We must have as our goal a passionate pursuit of God. We must thirst after Him. We must seek Him and continue to seek Him until we find Him. When we make Him our desire, we will always be satisfied. He is more than enough to fill our every need!
- Have you ever thirsted after God?
- Has God ever moved in your life so much that you are satisfied more than you can stand?
- Do you worship God because of who He is and what He has done?
Today, ask God to give you a thirst for Him. Ask to Him to fill your soul with Himself. Sing praises to Him for His goodness to you.