Martin Luther says about the Psalm 63,
“The 63rd Psalm is a psalm of prayer in which David, when he had to flee into the wilderness from Saul, desired to be in the holy place and hear God’s Word. He laments over the “Saulites” who seek his life so that he cannot come there and thus is deprived of the Word of God. But he meditates, nevertheless, on the promise and God’s choice of him to be king, and he comforts himself with these in the meantime.” (1) (emphasis added mine)
Living in the Sacred, is to live having the same desire that David had, he desired to be in the holy place and hear God’s Word even when Saul was seeking him to destroy him. He knew that clinging to God was the only option he had in order to live. Living in the Sacred, is abiding in God’s Word, so when trials come and “Sauls” come to hunt our lives we will have His Word in our hearts sustaining us.
Living in the Sacred, is living thirsting for God, for His Word; it is longing for nothing more than the Living Water to satisfy our soul. It is reading His Word, mediate on His Word, live His Word. It is abiding in His Word (v.1)
Living in the Sacred is knowing that God’s steadfast love is better than life. (v.3) What else beside this, do we need, but His love surrounding us when Saul comes against us? This should make our lips praise Him! This should move me to love those around me passionately; like God has loved me.
Living in the Sacred is to live blessing God until my last breath under His sun.(v.4) Blessing God… blessing my children, my husband, my neighbor; speaking words that bless those around me; I remember what the Scripture says, from one same mouth cannot proceed life and death; we either live blessing, imparting life, or we are spreading death. Living in the Sacred has to do with what comes from my mouth too.
Living in the Sacred means living worshiping God, raising my hands and bowing my head to adore Him (v.5) It is feasting at His presence, no matter how many “Sauls” seek my life; I shall not lose the joy of feasting on God’s Word, of feasting at His table; of praising my Sovereign God with joy when sadness, or anxiety try to take over my heart. (v.5)
Living in the Sacred is laying down to sleep, even in the wilderness of our lives, and count His blessings, meditate on Him, on His goodness, on how much He has helped us; Why should we fear Saul? We are safe, always safe in the shadow of His Wings. Only there, the safest place for our being, is where can we sing for joy when the world seems to dark to sing for joy. (v.6)
Living in the Sacred is is clinging to God, every day, every minute, every second. O but I love this, I love how David reminds us that our clinging to God is sure not because of our hand is strong enough to hold Him; but because HIS right hand upholds me! (v.8)
Living in the Sacred is knowing that I am not call to take revenge against “Sauls” it is God who will judge them. It is God who will remove them from my life at His appointed time; my call is to Live in the Sacred, desiring to be in the holy place, hearing God’s Word. My enemies are not in my hands but in His. (v.9-11)
My Soul Thirsts for You
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
1O 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.
2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands. 5My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
10they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for jackals.
11But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
I pray God will teach us to Live in the Sacred today.
>What a beautiful post Becky! And these are some of my favorite verses:"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." Many blessings!
>What true and comforting reflections! Thank you!
>Becky,I love, love, love how you fleshed out the meaning of Living in the Sacred. So beautiful and grounded in His truths. I'll be printing this out, dear friend.
>We just finished first Samuel in our family Bible study, so this is a great tie-in:)
>Great Psalm. So much to take in an digest -I preached this over a couple of Sunday evenings recently.
>"I remember what the Scripture says, from one same mouth cannot proceed life and death; we either live blessing, imparting life, or we are spreading death." — wow. I find this really profound and convicting. Thank you for this!
>What a wonderful focus for the new year! This really spoke to my heart.