Looking upon God

Psalm 63:1-2 [A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah].

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.”

God was very personal to David as is evident from how he addresses Him, “O God, You are my God.” He was very close to God since time and again we find his soul and flesh hungering, thirsting and fainting for God.

How could he be close to God? By simply taking the time to “look upon God.” Looking upon God, he beheld God’s power and glory not only in creation, but in what God had done for him. He could say from experience that God’s love was “steadfast” and “better than life” which caused him to praise God.

Because he drew near to God, David could count on God’s love to deliver him from his present, temporary discomfort. He was satisfied in God “as with fat and rich food” which filled him with great joy and led him to outwardly express it.

From this psalm we further discover David upon his bed at night remembering God. That’s how much he desired God because he had tasted and seen that “the Lord is good!” [Psalm 34:8.] God had been his help always and in the shadow of God’s wings, he finds refuge and sings for joy. Therefore, his soul clings to God because God’s “right hand upholds” him even though he is very uncomfortable in his current situation.

In the end he says, “the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult.” What David says in this verse is worthy of note. He shall rejoice in God because of Who God is and he goes on to say that “all who swear by God shall rejoice.”

May we also have the same hungering and thirsting for God from the depths of our beings so that we “who swear by God” may always dwell in His Presence and draw on His strength in times of need.