“A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. But those who seek my life, to destroy it, Shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword; They shall be a portion for jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; Everyone who swears by Him shall glory; But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.” Psalm 63
David wrote the above Psalm while fleeing from Saul in 1 Samuel 22. I encourage you to read this passage. It gives a great glimpse into his words and how he was able to continue moving forward towards what God had called him to. The richness of His feelings for God were continually being birthed as he was escaping for his very life. He was living firsthand that God’s loving-kindness was better than his own life and his praise was released accordingly. He had to walk out his victory step by step.
I love, love, love what verse 2 in 1 Sam. communicates,
“And everyone who was is DISTRESS,
everyone who was in DEBT, and
everyone who was DISCONTENTED gathered to him.
So he became captain over them…”
They gathered to him because they knew he would get it! They knew he would get them! He knew the pain of distress, indebtedness, and being discontented and he knew what he was called to do and how to lead them forward…
In Hebrews, Jesus is referred to as the captain of their salvation. Seems fitting that this story of David is a probable foreshadowing of Christ. A prophetic glimpse of what Jesus would bring…
I am writing this today to encourage you to gather to Him. He has tasted everything you are going through or ever could go through. He took it upon himself at Calvary and He gets it and He gets you and has given you a way to overcome. As David set an example of praise and pressing into God during the most difficult times of his life, continue on. Open your Bible, put on some praise music, raise your hands in praise, receive His free supply and apply it to your life.
In Psalm 63:11, David even reminds himself of what role GOD has called him to play and says, “But the king shall rejoice in God;” Remind yourself of what God is calling you to today, if you are waiting on someone else to do it, STOP! Remind yourself! But the woman shall rejoice in God! But the mom shall rejoice in God! But the wife shall rejoice in God! But the man of God shall rejoice in God! You get the picture!
Lastly, no matter what you are having to face, no matter what has been released to try to stop what God is doing through you, you can rejoice and be joyful in His salvation! You can know without a shadow of a doubt that what the Bible says is going to happen will happen. And you can know, in faith, that there is an ending, “…But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.”
“Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”