“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….
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.”
Psalm 63:1, 8
There is such intentionality here. Earnest seeking, desperate longing, and a decisive clinging to the God for whom the writer seeks. This is not a passive stance. And it implies that in our own relationship with God, we need to be persistent and earnest in our seeking after Him. Which means it may not come easily.
How often do we choose this level of persistence? Are we consistent in our desire for and delight in God, or do we allow ourselves to get distracted or weary? Do we sometimes feel like we’re expending effort for no real result, uncertain how to connect with this Almighty God who has declared Himself our Father?
In seasons when we can’t easily find Him, I wonder if the reason we are tempted to simply give up our search is that we begin to question if He’s really there. We start to lose hope of hearing from Him again. We may read His Word, but we lose the expectancy of His Spirit making it come alive. Let us regain that expectancy. Allow His Spirit to unfold truth in our soul once again. If we have forgotten or begun to doubt who our God is, we need to go to the source of truth to be reminded—not experience, not personal opinion, but the very Word of God in which He has declared His character and displayed His glory. Make your thoughts obedient to Christ and fix your eyes on the truth of your God. Dwell on this reality, instead of on the questions that threaten to dispel your faith.
Perhaps verses 5-7 can provide a little insight here:
“My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”
Recalling the faithfulness of our God, calling to mind who He is and causing our mind to dwell there, satisfies our soul. No longer is our soul left thirsty—it is satisfied “as with fat and rich food.” We fix the eyes of our heart and the thoughts of our mind on the truth of who God is—that glorious, unchanging truth—and as we praise Him, our soul is satisfied because it is resting in God our Savior, dispelling the lies and deceptions that so often surround us.
As our eyes are opened to the reality and wonder of our God, we recognize our place in the shadow of His wings. Continually strengthened. Forever surrounded by His faithfulness and steadfast love. Our soul, knowing the satisfaction and joy found in the fullness of God, clings to Him. Because nothing else will satisfy as He does. And as we rest in Him, we are upheld by His righteous right hand. Never alone. Never forgotten. We have nothing to fear because our God is with us and He never fails.