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Psalm 63:1-8 – Alone with God
by Gary Sims
03/09/04
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The Songs
Psalm 63:1-8 – Alone with God

Key Verses:
(NCV)
  • 1: “God, you’re my God. I search for you. I thirst for you like someone in a dry, empty land where there is no water.” – No matter where David was, he searched for God as though there were nothing more important to life.

  • 4: “I will praise you as long as I live. I will lift up my hands in prayer to your name.” – Because David has experienced that God’s “love is better than life,” he knows the importance of praising Him in song and prayer.

  • 5: “I will be content as if I had eaten the best foods. My lips will sing, and my mouth will praise you.” – Fulfillment is available when we seek the Lord. Nothing else will satisfy and nothing else will cause our hearts to burst forth in song.

  • 6-7: 6I remember you while I’m lying in bed; I think about you through the night. 7You are my help. Because of your protections, I sing.” – God promises to be with us, guiding, lifting, and protecting us when we are in need.

  • 8: “I stay close to you; you support me with your right hand.” – As we center our lives on God, His righteousness invades all aspects of our lives.
Points to Contemplate:
  • Is God your God? In your searching throughout the vastness of your wilderness experiences, have you crossed over the line from saying ‘there is a God’ to understanding that He is your God? Do you see that He loves you as though there were no other? That He is not a God of the masses and large crowds but a personal God fully capable of providing everything you shall ever need? Have you felt that personal connection when He has reached into your life and has made you feel loved? Do you see how only God could be this personal? Does the understanding of this relationship lift your heart in song?

  • Are you searching? We have asked this question before but it is important to get a clear understanding that the needs and desires you face in your life are the same as David’s. How does it make you feel to connect with David at the very basic human level of need? Is it reassuring to know that even the greatest saints in history have felt lost and alone? With this connection, can you then take David’s psalm and sing it as though it were your own? Try it right now. Say out loud for all to hear: “God, you’re my God. I will praise you as long as I live.” Are you willing to repeat this line throughout the rest of today?

  • Do you experience sleepless nights? What is the cause? Did you have too busy of a day and your mind is still spinning with the details? Are you filled with worry and anxiety about what tomorrow will bring? Are you angry? Hurt? Lonely? Tired? Sick? Do you take this sleeplessness and use it as an opportunity to pray? Do you struggle with the issues that are keeping you awake or do you give them to God to handle? Can you set them aside and listen for God’s still small voice of comfort and reassurance? Do you feel His presence? If you have tried these things, what is the result? Have you found peace and restful sleep? Can you see why David says that staying close to God at always provides the support and comfort you need?
Promise of the Gospel:

David searches for God with an unquenchable thirst. We all do. Every human being since Adam has desperately attempted to bridge the gap of separation we experience from God. As we search, we discover that His “love is better than life.” When we dine of His sustenance we are fulfilled. Our emptiness is gone. All that is left is a desire to sing praises to His wonder and might. When the darkness gathers and we are alone, we can feel His loving embrace as though nothing else in the universe matters but His love for us. He is my God and I will sing praises as long as I live.

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Stephen Monday 11 Mar 2004
We both know that David was a man "after GODS own heart" I enjoyed reading this, as it is certain that David put the LORD first, in all things. Perhaps you will enjoy my short story about David named " A day In The Life Of King David" Keep up the good work, I enjoy reading other writers works, as they help me to broaden my perspectives. In CHRIST Rev.Stephen Monday




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