Psalm 63:5–8 (ESV)
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.
But there is a third issue in this Psalm and it is connected to the first two.
The third issue we see is in verses 5-8 and it is the satisfaction that comes through private worship.
If David longs for being together with God’s people in corporate worship to experience God’s presence, there are also those alone times with just us and the Lord where we go to Him in private worship, or what some people call a quiet time or daily devotion, where we encounter His presence in a powerful way.
In verse 5, David uses this metaphor of being satisfied with a great feast. Is he literally talking about eating this wonderful meal that makes him full or is this a picture of what Jesus does for the thirsty and hungry soul for Him?
Remember what Jesus said in the Beatitudes about hungering and thirsting?
Matthew 5:66 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Christ delights in satisfying His people with Himself. Jesus desires to make our cups overflow with Him.
John 15:1111 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
Jesus has a great desire for us to have a joy that is overflowing. He wants us to be overflowing with His love and joy and to be satisfied.
How do we have this joy and intimacy with Christ? How do we abide in Christ? How do we foster a hunger and thirst for Jesus? Is it something that just comes automatically?
Listen to what David says in verse 6. He remembers and meditates upon Jesus while lying in bed or waking up late at night. In those alone times, He spends quality time with the Lord.
Some of you may get up early in the morning and spend time with Jesus and others may do it late at night before you go to bed and some of you have been awakened in the middle of the night to pray. The timing is not the important thing, but that we actually spend time in prayer and private worship with Jesus.
How often to do spend time reading and meditating upon His word and going to Jesus in private prayer.
In verse 7, David praises God for being his help and that he has been able to hide in the shadow of God’s protective wings. This imagery of “shadow of your wings” evokes images of a huge and powerful eagle protecting his little eaglets from harm. It is this picture of God’s great protection.
Psalm 17:8Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,
Psalm 36:7–9How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.
Again, we see the joy and singing and delight that David has in the Lord. He longs for Jesus. He thirsts for His power. He longs to be in corporate worship as well as he pours out his heart to the Lord in prayer and meditation upon His word and he thinks about God’s protection and sovereignty. His mind and heart is wrapped up in the glory and power of the living God.
And in verse 8, we see this very interesting term that David uses to describe all that he can do—CLING to God.
This is one of my life verses that has meant a lot to me over the past 10 or so years. I come back to this often because I love the imagery.
This word is “dabaq” and was used back in Genesis 2:24 when a man and woman shall cling to one another and become one flesh in the most permanent and intimate human expression there could ever be—a marriage between one man and one woman.
It’s amazing how this word “debar” or cling is used throughout the Old Testament. It always involves this intimate almost marriage like arrangement between God and His people.
This is the word used in Ruth.
Ruth 1:14 And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.
Orpah means back of the neck. She went back to Moab. She never repented—she is a symbol of refusing to follow the LORD. But Ruth on the other hand clung to Naomi and pledged her undying devotion to go back to Bethlehem and be a part of the covenant people. She expressed this deep longing to remain committed to Naomi and Naomi’s God when she clung to her.
So this word “dabaq” is equated with loyalty and devotion.
This word also shows up in Deuteronomy when Moses reminds them of how the Lord fought their battles and how in turn they should remain faithful to the covenant.
Deuteronomy 10:20-21 You shall fear the LORD your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. 21 He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that your eyes have seen.
We also see this word show up in Proverbs
Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
This is a wonderful proverb about having faithful and close friends. They stick—they cling—they are devoted—they are loyal in this very intimate way—just like a brother.
So positively, we see this word “dabaq” as a very strong way to show the most intimate of human relationships—marriage—a clinging between a husband and wife—friendship—a clinging in loyalty like Ruth and Naomi—and in obedience to the Lord—clinging to Him and His Word.
Taken as a whole, this word is very expressive way to show intimate loyalty, devotion, and faithfulness no matter what the situation.
In verse 8, David gives the powerful expression of devotion to the Lord. My soul “clings” to you. I am totally dependent on the living God for my life, my salvation. I am nothing without Christ. I am a sinner saved by grace. I am nothing without the hand of the Lord to sustain me. I am thirsty and weary and bankrupt and nothing without Jesus.
That is a cry of a person who is humbled before the living God and who truly understand grace. What’s the only thing we can do? Cling to God. Hold fast to Christ. Find our satisfaction in Him.
And while David clings to God he has the ultimate hope in God’s ability to uphold him. To make him secure. To protect him. To see him through to the end.
Sometimes all we can do is CLING!
Remember David’s situation. He is alone. He is isolated. He is on the run. He is being hunted down like a dog out in the wilderness. He is thirsty. He is in the scorching heat. He has nothing but Christ. All he can do is to cry out for help and cling to Jesus.
That’s why we sing “All I Have is Christ, Jesus is my life!”
Do you cling to Jesus?