July 27: Psalm 63

Today’s reading.

O 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” (63:1).

The writer knows how desperate he is for God. He may be in physical need or not. He may be in the middle of an actual desert or not. That isn’t the point. The point is, he knows that his soul looks and feels like a desert. He is the desert, God the water.

This is your soul.

Can we pray this way? Do we see our own destitution before God? Our own brokenness, hurt, failure, need?

The more deeply we understand the desperation of our situation, the more desperately we will desire God.

We are often tempted to look for satisfaction, fulfillment, comfort, hope in this world. We want to feast in the here and now, but forget that all is desert apart from God. We want a rich table in this world, but all we get is a desert floor.

Not so with God: “My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips” (63:5). God is our joy and satisfaction. He is a full stomach after a great feast. In the gospel, he is fully and freely ours.

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