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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 63

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Second Book of Psalms (c 42-72)
Message: A Desire for God's Presence (v 1-11)

Psalms 63 Commentary

(63:1-5) A Dry and Thirsty Land - Hiding from his enemies in the barren wilderness of Judah, David was intensely lonely. He longed for a friend he could trust to ease his loneliness. No wonder he cried out, "O God, thou art my God;. my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is." If you are lonely or thirsty for something lasting in your life, remember David's prayer. God alone can satisfy our deepest longings. 

(63:6) Sleepless - During his sleepless, uncomfortable nights, David thought about God. He reviewed all the ways God had already helped him, and he greeted the next day with songs of praise. There are many reasons we can't sleep - illness, stress, anxiety - but sleepless nights can be turned into quiet times of reflection and worship. Use them to review how God has guided and helped you. Recalling examples of God's faithfulness to you can bring peace and rest.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

A Thirst for God

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 63. Our text today shows a desire for God's presence, provision, and protection. This desire comes from a thirst to know and see God. In making an application, we see a need to catch David's thirst for knowing God. A thirst for God that comes from a focus on God. This focus and devotion fill our hearts with His Love and His Spirit, which equips us to live in this dry and thirsty land. How about you? Do you thirst for God? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that the key to a satisfied Christian life is a thirst for God that comes from devotion and focus on the Lord.


Psalm 63

Psalm 63

 1O 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.