Reading: Psalm 63:1-8
King David finds himself in a desert season. During our lives, we will find ourselves in just such a place as well. These times of trial and struggle will come and go; perhaps now is just such a season. David’s beautiful words give us encouragement and advice for when we find ourselves in a desert season.
David begins by expressing the thirst he feels in the desert. In the times we find ourselves in a trial, we too must admit our need for God and then we must seek His guidance and presence in our lives. To reinforce this, David recalls how he saw God’s power and glory in the sanctuary. To remember how God has always been there in our times of need reassures us that He will be there again.
Next, David does something that may seem odd when one is in a desert place – he praises God. In verse three he writes, “Because your love is better than life”. It is such a powerful and moving statement. We come to God in praise because of His gift and promise of eternal life. We know that no matter what this life brings, our ticket to eternal life in glory has already been bought. There is no better reason to praise!
Lastly, David ends with “my soul clings to You”. Although it can sometimes be hard to sense God’s presence in the midst of a trial, we must nonetheless cling to God. We are promised that His love never fails and that He has only good plans for us. In the midst of it all, may we cling to Him knowing that it is Hi slight at the end of the tunnel and that it is really His arms alone that will carry us through.