Psalms 63: Being Satisfied in God

Psalms 63 gives us a picture of what it looks like to be dependent on God. It shows the value that David put on having a relationship with God and sustaining himself through God.

Psa 63:3  Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Psa 63:4  Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

Psa 63:5  My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

Psa 63:6  When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Psa 63:7  Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

Psa 63:8  My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

Verse three is by far the most powerful in my mind. The lovingkindness of God is better than life. As a general rule, I like life. I think that life is a pretty big gift, and if we did not have it, we obviously would have never come in to physical being.

However, as amazing as the spark of life is, the love of God is greater than that. It makes your soul satisfied. David compares it to marrow and fatness. In other words, it is pretty filling and you can have all you want. You keep going until you are satisfied; you will not leave wanting more.

I think this shows us something important about what we can potentially be getting out of a relationship with God. David had a miserable life at times, but because of his perspective and because he understood and felt the love of God, he knew that God was better.

He also was probably pretty stressed out from time to time. I know that if I was running for my life, I would have a hard time relaxing. However, David talks about satisfaction. His soul is satisfied. When I think of a satisfied soul, I think of someone who is at peace. They are composed and not overly stressed out. David was satisfied with whatever happened because he had that relationship with God.

I guess this is something for all of us to work on. We can work on deriving satisfaction from our relationship with God rather than our earthly conditions that can change overnight.


About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on January 14, 2014, in Psalms and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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