Day 165: Psalms 61-67; Trusting in God

Psalm 63:1 ...In a dry and weary land... Photo Credit:

Psalm 63:1
…In a dry and weary land…
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To be honest, talking about a Psalm of trust like psalm 63 really would come best by just repeating what David writes.  So today, I’m going to say very little except to encourage you to read Psalm 63 again… and again.  Take time to picture the imagery that he uses, to feel the feelings he feels, and to let David’s words of trust in God work themselves into your hearts and minds.  Have you ever found yourself in a place in life where it seems like you are so lost, so incredibly in need of Him that you find yourself thirsting for more of God.  It is in this time that David writes psalm 63, and 62 as well, turning to God once again and giving us the model for faith and trust in our lives, just has he did yesterday for lament as well.  So again, read these words and let them sink into your hearts.  May they become the words of your heart when you find yourself in the wilderness as life.

Psalm 63

My Soul Thirsts for You

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.
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.

But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

PSALM 61 is a psalm of lament written by David.  Like all of David’s lamenting psalms, there is an element of hope and trust that can be clearly seen here.

PSALM 62 is a confession of trust that is written by David.  There is also an element of lament that can be noted in here it as well.

PSALM 63 is also a confession of trust with an element of lament that is written by David.  Psalm 63 was written while David was in the wilderness of Judah, which was likely during the time that he was being pursued by Saul which is recorded in the latter portion of 1 Samuel.

PSALM 64 is a psalm of lament written by David.  The part of this psalm that usually ends in hope and trust in other lament psalms actually includes a description of how God will act on David’s behalf.  It is an interesting twist to the norm but is said in a way that, even though it might not have physically happened, it is said as though it is so sure to happen that it is as if it is already in the past.

PSALM 65 is a song of praise and thanksgiving that clearly has a didactic quality to it as well.  This Psalm is written by David and clearly tells how David feels about God and describes the many works of God throughout history.

PSALM 66 is a song of praise and thanksgiving that is written anonymously.  Reading this psalm, we can see how beautifully the writer interweaves the call to offer praise and thanksgiving and also tells of the praise and thanksgiving that he/she is giving and has given God.  Even though the author talks about him/herself, the subject of this psalm is still very clearly about God.

PSALM 67  is a song of praise that can also serve as a prayer of intercession.  This psalm was also written anonymously.

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