Read | Psalm 63
You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;
they will go down to the depths of the earth.
They will be given over to the sword
and become food for jackals.
But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by God will glory in him,
while the mouths of liars will be silenced.
Respond | Zechariah Knepper
This psalm is attributed to David while he was in the wilderness, being chased by those that want to see him dead. In his desperation he cries out to God, earnestly reaching to the God he trusts in. Yet he does not simply continue in supplication. He instead finds remembrance in what God has done before. Verse 6 says “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” When I read this, I think of lonely nights with eyes on the horizon knowing that out there in the dark is a chasing evil, hunting with a vengeance. Yet David says, “I remember you.” In those times of darkness and anxiety, remember the times you have seen or felt the Lord with you. Think of the times in sanctuary with God, meditate on God, cling to God. David concludes his remembrance with confidence in the future that his enemies will be defeated and the king will rejoice in the Lord, and all those who swear by the Lord will be glory in God.
Remember God’s promises in times of darkness. Think of the sanctuary you have in Christ during anxiety. God is with us during times of pain and joy, and go out with confidence in the Lord that no matter what happens, the Lord will not leave you.