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Sunday Psalm: An Unchangeable God
We like Psalms, you like alliteration… thus, the Sunday Psalm is born. On Sundays, we’ll give you a new Psalm. It’s that simple.
1 O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.
6 I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.
7 Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
8 I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.
9 But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
They will go down into the depths of the earth.
10 They will die by the sword
and become the food of jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God.
All who trust in him will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.[/box_light]
Psalm 63 is fairly well known, but that doesn’t make its’ impact any less vital. In this Psalm, David is thirsting for the presence of God in every way possible: haven’t we all been there?
At this time, King David was likely fleeing from Absalom, pressed by those seeking to kill him. He had been moved out of his comfort zone, but his outward disposition was still one of thankfulness and humility in the face of a mighty God.
Furthermore, David didn’t just recite a prior Psalm or something applicable to another scenario, he wrote this Psalm in a manner tailored to his exact circumstances. So often, we are misguided because we let our circumstances take control and never adjust accordingly.
God never changes, but your circumstances do. You can see him differently and find new ways to revel in his unchangeability.
He is firm. Like verse 3 says, ‘his unfailing love is better than life itself.’ It doesn’t matter that David is in a dry and thirsty land, he still seeks the nourishment of a God that will always be there.
Have you ever been in a situation where it doesn’t look like there’s a way out? Your own, ‘dry and thirsty land’, so to speak?
For us, it doesn’t matter if we’re up/down, left/right, persecuted/loved: you can’t outrun God. We need to move forward with ongoing, unending awareness of the fact that He is ever-present. Once there, it is our responsibility to run to him with a daily desperation and never let up.
[box_download]Many times, we miss God in the adversity, so when life gives you lemons, thank God. Today, try and think about a recent time when your struggles overshadowed your relationship with God. Which was bigger… the struggle, or God? Remember that God is always greater as you go about your week.[/box_download]
About Jayson SchmidtFounder of the Quarterlife movement. Building an empire for the glory of God and living my dream to make the name of Jesus famous. Get at me on Twitter (@JaysonSchmidt).
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Verse of the Week
––1 Thessalonians 5:21 (ESV)