Psalm 63:title–11 (ESV)
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
1 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.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
9 But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
So we’ve seen the first three issues in this Psalm. First of all, there is an intense desire for God’s manifest presence. Secondly, there is an anticipation of being together in corporate worship back in Jerusalem and thirdly, there is the satisfaction that comes in clinging to Christ in times of private worship.
But this is not where the Psalm ends. There is a fourth issue that is somewhat foreign to us as we don’t normally speak like this about our enemies.
The fourth issue we see is in verses 9-11 and it is confidence in God’s just purposes.
He is praying what we call an imprecatory prayer for God to judge his enemies and bring justice. He wants those who are hunting him down to kill him to actually be killed and be buried and be destroyed by the sword and die in the desert and be food for jackals.
In the midst of extreme agony and loneliness and pain, David just wants justice to be done. He wants God to vindicate him.
One thing we need to be careful about here is that it is okay for us to want justice and to be vindicated and for God to work in His sovereign ways to bring about punishment for evildoers, but we must remember, that is not our job. Our job is not to exact revenge or takes matters in our own hands. To play God!
Romans 12:19–2119 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
In verse 11, the final verse, David as king—the rightful king who is being pursued by his enemies calls on all of God’s people to join him in rejoicing with God and praising God that He is a God of justice.
Now where do we see Christ in this Psalm?
David is the King of Israel and serves as God’s representative for the people. Those who are of the House of David are those who have sworn allegiance to the King and join him in worshipping God. Those who are enemies of the King of Israel are liars and will find their end in destruction.
Jesus, is the true Son of David, and not only the King of Israel, but the supreme King of kings and Lord of lords. All who have sworn allegiance to the King are Christians. We as believers are subjects of the King and we owe Jesus all allegiance and worship and surrender. And yet there are those who are enemies of the King—those who refuse to bow the knee to King Jesus and they will suffer destruction in eternal hell as those who have rebelled against God in their sin.
So our only hope for life here and life eternal is to bow the knee to King Jesus as our ultimate and supreme authority.
But we can bow to a King in surrender because of his power and we are afraid that if we don’t we will be punished. We can bow begrudgingly and not truly love the King, but do it out of duty or fear of punishment.
That is not the heart of a true believer. Yes, we bow before Jesus as our Lord because He is sovereign and supreme, but we also bow before Him because we love Him and we see in Him a beauty and glory and treasure beyond compare.
Not only do we bow, but also we seek Him. We thirst for Him. We faint for Him. We cling to Him! We meditate upon Him. We long to behold his power and glory.
We see Jesus not only as our Sovereign Lord, but also as our Supreme Treasure. We bow to Him as King, but we also love Him because He is glorious and beautiful and worth losing all!
Do you have intense desire for Jesus?
Do you have an anticipation to be in corporate worship so that you can praise Jesus?
Do you have times of private worship where you can be satisfied by the joy of intimate times with Jesus?
Do you have confidence that God will be just in the end and right all wrongs through King Jesus?
Do you see Jesus as not only as dominant, but also as desirable.
Do you see Jesus as not only King, but as Treasure.
Do you see Jesus as not only Lord, but as Beautiful?
Cling to Him! Long for Him! Earnestly seek Him! Thirst for Him! Meditate upon Him!
The Lord satisfies those who earnestly seek Him.
Hebrews 12:22 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Would we all have our eyes fixed on Jesus as we cling to Him and find in Him ultimate satisfaction, fullness, and joy in His presence alone.
Satisfaction comes from earnest seeking! Cling to Jesus!