1. O God, you are My God; earnestly will seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs for You, in a dry and weary land, where no water is;
2. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.
3. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
4. So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
5. My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise with joyful lips. Amp.
Fatness -c) abundance
Marrow -c) drink
This is a Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. He is remembering the times of worship and is thirsty for more. He is fighting the Lord’s battle. He knows the Lord is with him and that he will prevail. But His heart yearns for that secret place where no one can intrude. He knows he will be there again, but now he is in a dry and weary place.
There are times in our life when the Lord calls us aside to be with Him alone. He fills us with His strength and power and then sends us to a battle that seems to be a mistake. It is as when the horse stops when he is being chased, for his shoes to be repaired. It is dangerous to neglect what we need to be equipped for battle. The repaired shoes may just win the race.
The Lord knows what we need. He lifts us up into His presence and it strengthens our soul like nothing else could ever do. Then He lets Satan in, and you have quite a battle. What is your reaction?
David says, “Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You (vs.3).” No matter what battle we face, this should be our everyday response. There will always be battles, some worse than others. But the answer is the same for us. “So will I bless the Lord while I live (vs.4).”
If you sit down in despair with the Why Me’s, you will lose the battle. We must get our eyes off of the circumstances and on the power of God. Just as He told Joshua, “Every place on which the sole of your foot shall tread, that I have given to you … No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:3,5.
God does not lie. Joshua had a big job ahead, but he also had a big promise from a big God! This is also our promise, if we believe. There may be times Satan may shake you and you get rattled. The Lord will give you time to adjust to the trial. Then you must get up and fight. You must keep your Armor on and pray with the right attitude. We must sing the songs He gives to us with faith believing what we are singing.
Joshua 1:15 …Then you shall return to the land of your possession, and possess it.