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Psalm 63: Thirsting for God

Often, but not always, the writers and the Holy Spirit in the Bible use nature to describe some aspect of spirituality. The introduction of Psalm states that it was written when he was in the wilderness. The empty bleak sparseness of the wilderness causes David to meditate on spiritual dryness. All believers in God seek spiritual food and spiritual water to assuage a spiritual thirst for God's presence, God's love, God's power, God's truth and God's glory.

The imagery of a life-giving fountain or a river representing life and God begins in the book of Genesis in the garden of Eden and continues through into the river in the holy city in Revelation.

The thirst to see God's glory is a powerful one that only those who see the emptiness of human life can understand. Nothing can subtitute for the assuaging fullness, marrow, and fatness that the presence of God gives. Jesus promises that those who love God will have a river of life flowing like a fountain rising out of their spirit.

1{A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.} O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

2To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

10They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.

11But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.