Recently in church we have been studying through the Psalms on Wednesday nights. I’m also taking Bible college class in which I have been studying through the Psalms at the same time, just at a much faster pace. Reading through the Psalms is really unlike most other books of the Bible. There are other books that are Poetry and have very personal excerpts, but the Psalms are almost like the journal's or diaries of great men that loved and sought after God. There’s much for us to glean from these songs.
Of course we usually think of David first when we think of the Psalms, the “man after God’s own heart”. It’s encouraging to me that David was remembered by that name and for being a great king. Through reading the Psalms we can truly see the depth of this man’s heart for God and his intimacy with Him. But at the same time, I have been reading through and just finished 1 Chronicles which overviews David’s life and reign a bit, and I have been able to pick up on those areas that David messed up in big time. In numbering Israel and the great consequences that came from that, his sin with Bathsheba and his cover up of murder, his failure to raise and discipline his sons correctly and his brutality as a man of war. Yet in spite of all these things and more, David wrote Scripture that displays a deep connection with God and a solid relationship with Him that people have been gleaning from for over thousands of years.
Since a young Christian, my favorite Psalm has been Psalm 63. Verse 1 says, "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.” In my life, there have been times when I have failed greatly (and still do), but I am reminded by David, that God can restore intimacy and fellowship with Him. There are times when I am caught up with past failures and am distracted from my relationship with God. But God reminds me that He has “washed me whiter than snow” (Ps 51:7). There are times when I simply get caught up in the business of life and neglect my time of prayer and communion with God. But this Psalm always brings back the perspective I need. To simply desire God, to spend time with Him, and to allow intimacy with Him to take precedence in my life.
So I encourage all who have maybe lost the desire to have deep fellowship with God for a season to read Psalm 63 and to ask God to give you the heart that David had. To hunger and thirst after God, to be satisfied in His presence, and to worship Him for that work He does in us.