David, the most mentioned person in the Bible after Jesus, David who wrote so many psalms, David of who God said ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.’ THIS David knew what it was to be in the wilderness!!
David knew that barren place, that ‘dry and thirsty land, where no water is.’
So what did he do when he was in the wilderness, wait passively for God to draw near?
No, he sought God, early and earnestly!
‘O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;’
In His longing he seeks and pours it all out in prayer to God, stating what it is he longs for.
Friend, are you in a wilderness season? Do you feel as though you’re in a lonely, desolate place, wandering about and finding no water for your thirsty soul?
Then pour it all out to God, seek Him, tell Him that you long to feel His presence again.
Tell God that you long for those times when you saw His power and glory, when He met you in His house and spake those words of love and blessing.
Then move on as David swiftly does in this psalm, straight into praise, why? …
‘Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips SHALL praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.’
Friends, David, in seeking God moves swiftly into praise!
‘let the heart of them REJOICE that seek the LORD.
Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.’
Even though you don’t feel God near, seek Him Friend, pour out your heart to Him and PRAISE Him because His lovingkindness IS better than life, find your satisfaction in praise because you certainly won’t find it in the distractions of this world!
‘Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.’
Not just in the feel good times but ALL the while I live! In the wilderness, in the trials, in the storms I WILL bless thee!
When you don’t feel God near still bless Him, still praise Him, He’s still worthy!
Will you Friend?
And what happens in that praise?…
‘My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:’
Friends, when we praise God, when we think on His goodness to us in the past, His goodness in daily provision and indeed with each breath He gives us, our soul finds satisfaction, as though we had been filled with a good meal.
Praise Him with joyful lips Friend because even in the wilderness there is much to praise Him for.
Believer, when you lay awake at night longing for your Beloved: rejoice in past mercies as David did and find comfort in knowing that your Saviour is indeed ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.’
His love is just as great as when you first felt it in those times of sweet blessing, His mercy is still great, His lovingkindness has no end, He is still your Saviour, your lover, your Friend, He is still your Rock, your Refuge and your Hiding place, keep seeking Friend and keep praising, even in the wilderness because ‘the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him and even when you don’t feel His presence as you would like to, look back on past mercies, look up in faith and look forward with hope because having Jesus we have everything!
Acts 13:22, Ps 63:1-3 Ps 105:3-4, Ps 63:4,5, Heb 13:8, Ps 103:17