Grace Protestant Reformed Church

The Soul That Thirsts for God

Date: PM
Text: Psalm 63:1,2
Psalters: 244, 114, 95, 163
  1. The need.
    1. “Dry and weary land where no water is” is the physical description of a land area which is wild, inhospitable and utterly dry.
      1. It pictures a spiritual wilderness: the condition of a soul deprived of God, with .no means of grace, comfort, nor refreshment.
      2. Though in flight from the terror of a rebellious son, David has not lost hold on God.
    2.  “My soul thirsteth for Thee” and “my soul longeth for Thee.”
      1. Speaks of a most earnest desire with one’s whole being.
      2. The comforts sought by David only God can give. He desires God.
    3. David had experienced his thirst satisfied “sanctuary” (Psalm 63:2), but the tabernacle and the temple are no more. N.T. counterparts.
  2. Exactly what did David long for when He thirsted for God.
    1. Specifically David desired to see God’s “power” to help and His “glory” that is manifest whenever His help is experienced.
      1. Ps. 78:61 speaks of the ark of the covenant as that which is called God’s power (Ps. 132.8) and glory.
      2. Also we desire to know God’s “lovingkindness,” i.e., His eager and earnest desire, longing and zeal to bless you (Psalm 63:3).
    2. David and we want to say of “God, Thou art my God.”
      1. God is my God only by grace through Christ, we are in the everlasting covenant, with the blessings applied to him.
      2. Those who seek the Lord early and diligently shall find Him (Prov. 2:4,5; 8:17; Heb. 11:6).
  3. The result of being satisfied in God is zealous praise for having seen God’s tremendous majesty and steadfast love.
    1. Through this psalm David piles up words of praise for Him Who is David’s highest joy.
    2. There are praises we can bring to our God on Sundays, but every day as we strive to live so His name is praised through us.
    3. May the praise of God arise from within us as fruit from our meditation on what God has revealed to us in His Word.