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Weekly Devotionals


Psalm 63:1-5

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;

I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,

in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; 

with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

In our Life Group this past weekend, we were talking about fasting.  For much of our discussion, the mindset and mode in which we thought about fasting was on the basis of need and lack.  Need, in that we naturally only want to fast when we NEED something from God.  Lack, in that we naturally LACK the desire to fast.  Fasting is hard, and it grates against our flesh.  No one actually wants to do it, at least not in accordance with our flesh.  But if we’re desperate enough, we’ll fast.  If one of my loved ones is gravely ill, I will fast and seek the Lord for their healing.  Pretty much, this is a no brainer.  King David did this for his son, whom Bathsheba bore from their affair.  The Ninevites fasted when Jonah prophesied that God would destroy them for their sins.  This is fasting in desperation.

But the DISCIPLINE of fasting differs in that it’s not done solely during and for desperate times.  Mainly, we engage fasting as a discipline to deny ourselves, and denying ourselves frees us from our addictions to food, to media, to anything that gratifies the self/flesh.  It even frees us from our very selves.  When we are free FROM these things, we are free FOR God.  And once we taste God – i.e. taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8) – we discover that these other things were a shallow pursuit of satisfaction.  Rather than being satisfied with the richest of food therefore, can we be satisfied with and in God?

In Psalm 63, David expresses satisfaction in God.  As king, he knows what it means to have it all; yet even so, he can declare, “your love is better than life!”  I think many of us, myself included, tend to settle with a spirituality of need, i.e. we seek God to the extent that we need him.  But I believe David shows us a different level, a spirituality of satisfaction – seeking God in order to be satisfied in/with him (and not simply by Him, i.e. his provisions).

Oh, that we could earnestly say, “I thirst for you, my whole body longs for you.”