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Psalm 63

June 4, 2009

There seems to be three distinct themes in this psalm interspersed along with David’s expression of commitment and faith in God. The first is his rejoicing in the character of God [vs. 2-3]. The second is his rejoicing in the faithfulness of God [vs. 6-8]. And the third is his rejoicing in the promises of God [vs.9-10].

David begins by acknowledging his belief in God. He longs to sense God’s presence. It is believed that this psalm was penned when David fled Jerusalem to the desert because of Absalom’s [his son] uprising and attempt to take the throne. David could easily feel that God had forsaken him but David says he has not forsaken God in his time of trouble.

There is no logical reason for David to forsake God because he recalls seeing God’s power and God’s glory in the tabernacle and he has personally felt the presence of God’s love in his life. God has been his sustenance in life. David remembers how God has helped him, come to his aid in times of need. And this is another time of need. David knows God is his protector, has been and will be, for God is faithful to those who love Him and seek Him.

God has promised David that his descendants will continue to be on Israel’s throne so he knows defeat will come to those who oppose him. God chooses his successor. Absalom’s desire to decide for God disqualifies him as successor.

David concludes by praising God because His Will is perfect. When times are tough, remember to:

1. Acknowledge your faith in God.

2. Praise God for His character.

3. Praise God for His faithfulness.

4. Praise God for His sovereignty.

Do not forsake God because, regardless of how you feel, He has not forsaken you.

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