Early-Seekers Need God’s Prompt Help! Psalm 63:7

Text: “O God, Thou art my God: early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth (thirsts, and continues to thirst) for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no (Spiritual) water is.”

Psalm 63:1.

Good morning, seriously seeking Christian!  You feel that you are in BIG trouble this morning!  Circumstances, situations in your life, or in the life/lives of your close family; or your neighbourhood, church group, or community, may have suddenly produced fear, dread, depression of spirit; loss of hope; pending disgrace, shame, and profound consequences. 

What are you doing down there in that Spiritual dump, beloved Christian friend?  Why are you trying in some strange manner to handle all that has happened, or may happen, by your puny self?  When you are thus down, stay down, and get on your knees early, and pray up!

In previous verses in Psalm 63, we were reminded of the constant Presence of great Jehovah Lord God Almighty, Who has redeemed our very souls through the Living Lord Jesus Christ.  (“When I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night seasons…”) 

Personal Questions:  What did we remember?  What did we meditate on throughout the night?  Why, we surely have remembered the times in the past when we FELT very threatened and in fear, and lost hope, and could well have been left in total ruin and disgrace.  However, we then remembered that there was no threat too big; no failing too scandalous; no shame or threat of disgrace too vile – that we could not bring such a situation to the Lord God, Who had given you and I His only begotten Lamb as a Sacrifice upon a cruel and pain filled Cross, to save us from our sins.  We remembered that we sought His face early, cried out to Him and confessed our sin, our fault, our failing, the fault or failing of our close relative, brother, or sister in Christ. 

We brought the grave danger, threat, dread, to His throne of grace – and the Lord heard us and helped us very quickly to overcome in the situation.  Glory to His gracious and ever-forgiving Name!  What we remembered, only caused us to have even more faith in receiving God’s prompt help right now, if it would only be his will to grant it.  Amen?   Praise God!

Nothing too small; nothing too great; nothing to seemingly impossible!  Bring it to the Lord, Christian – our God is the Lord God of the utterly impossible!          (Luke 1:37)

“Call upon Me, and I will answer thee, and show you great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”  (Jeremiah 33:3)

Verse 7. “Because Thou (the Lord God) hast been my help. This is the grand use of memory, to furnish us with proofs of the Lord’s faithfulness and lead us onward to a growing confidence in Him.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 275)

Over the past forty-plus years, since the Lord God has saved me, I have often failed Him, often made wrong decisions in life; often became involved in things, with hindsight, I should not have got involved with – yet, in every situation, the Holy Spirit living within me, has never permitted me to go very far down the wrong path taken, the foolish decision made; the path of utter ruin, perhaps, I had started down in my human fallibility and weakness.  No!  The Lord God is a Holy Lord God, and shall never condone a wrong path, and never leave the redeemed soul to continue down such a destructive or shameful road of sin and foolishness.

“Guide me oh Thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land, I am weak but Thou art mighty, hold me with Thy powerful hand…”  (Hymn: Guide me O Thou Great Jehovah)

“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”  (Ephesians 4:30)

“In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of Promise, which is the earnest (guarantee) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory.  Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and love to all the saints.”  (Ephesians 1:13-15)

The Spiritually regenerate soul shall go wrong many times in life – but God the Spirit within us will not permit us to continue on in sin or a wrong path for too long.  His grief within us, very quickly turns us from a path He does not desire us to walk.  Praise His Name!

Verse 7. “Therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.  No man/woman can go very far relying on their own fallen human will – we are born sinners, and sin is our natural bent.  However, when the Lord redeems us in Christ, we nestle at all times under His Almighty wings, and serving Christ in the shadow of His wings, we can totally trust Him to guide us, and to keep us at the centre of His Sovereign will. 

“Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.” (Exodus 34:12)

“I cannot have better security for present nor future than God’s former mercies exhibited to me.”  (Abraham Wright 1611-1690)

It is a great cause for rejoicing that the Lord God Almighty Jehovah, does not save us, only to leave us to our own fallible and puny devices.  No!  The Lord possesses our reins for Christ Jesus, and condescends to walk with us, and in us, forever more.  Praise His gracious Name! 

We seek Him early – in times of personal failure or difficulty – because His Spirit within us desires to have full fellowship with us, and we with Him.  Sin separates us from the Holy Lord God, and failure in His service grieves both us and God the Spirit within our hearts.  Therefore, we know from our personal experiences, early seekers need God’s prompt help, and, by His grace alone, always receive it.  His Word is His bond to us, ‘His people’.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.  Behold (look closely and fully understand) all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.”    (Isaiah 41:10)

Verse 7. “…Therefore (a definite conclusion) in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.  The very shade of God is sweet to a believer.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 276)

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.”  (Psalm 91:1-2)

Thought: Knowing the Divine shelter God gives to us, ‘His people’, is it any wonder in this day of increased anti-Christian apostasy, that we run into His Presence very early?

The Praise of Early-Seekers after Christ Psalm 63:4-6

Text: “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness (the very best); and my mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips”

Psalm 63:5.

          “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless (praise) His Holy Name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth (forgives, and continues to forgive) all thine iniquities, Who healeth (heals, and continues to heal) all thy diseases…”

Psalm 103: 1-3.

Good morning, early praising Christian!  You, like the author, have so much to thank and praise the Lord God for, that we are compelled to go to Him early each day, in order to find the time for such a wealth of overwhelming grace and Divine generosity.  Hallelujah!  Praise God for all His loving kindnesses and the wealth of His benefits given to us, ‘His people’!

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.  O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.”  (Psalm 84:11-12)

Upon waking each new morning that the Lord in His grace grants us, our initial thoughts should be focused on the Lord God Who has redeemed us from sin’s ruin and placed us in His family – in Christ Jesus, our Saviour and our Lord.  Born again minds are continually drawn like a magnet to the Person of Christ, and His great Sacrifice for us at Calvary’s Cross.  We have no other, or better, focus for our mortal minds.  All else is mere distraction.

“Thou (the Lord God) wilt keep him/her in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed (focused) on Thee: because he/she trusteth (trusts and continues to trust) in Thee.”  (Isaiah 26:3)

Past, present and future record of personal sins, for the true regenerate, Bible-believing Christian, has been wiped every jot clean; placed upon the altogether lovely and sinless Lord Jesus as He suffered there upon that cruel Cross – our entire record of a lifetime of sin was nailed to that Tree in Christ, and carried away from us forever.  In Christ, we are FREE!

The Psalmist is reminded of such wondrous things when he concludes: “Thus (a conclusion) will I bless Thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy Name.”    (Psalm 63:4)

Verse 4. “I will lift up my hands in Thy Name.  No hands need hang down when God draws near in love.  The Name of Jesus has often made lame men leap as a hart and it has made sad men clap their hands for joy.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 275)

The Name of Jesus should have a very special, the most special, place in the heart and mind of the true Christian believer – that is why the misuse of His Holy and much revered Name makes any genuine, Spirit-filled Christian immediately winch in disgust at the infidel’s misuse, and blasphemous abuse, of such an Almighty and Omnipotent Name.

“And she (Mary) shall bring forth a Son, and thou (Joseph) shalt call His Name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.”  (Matthew 1:21)

The Name of the incarnate (God in bodily form) Jesus would become the Name under which Eternal Salvation would be granted to all souls that the Father had elected to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, repent from sin, and come to belong to the family of the Living Lord God.  Is it any wonder that we Christians rejoice and praise the very moment that we heard that  life-giving Name?

Jesus: “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”   (Philippians 2:8-11)

Jesus: “Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Jesus: “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.  And in that day ye shall ask Me nothing.  Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He will give it you.  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My Name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.”  (John 16:22-24)

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…there’s something about that Name: ”(Gospel Song https://youtu.be/d4FUKTQFlX4)

When the Spiritually regenerated heart (whole essence of being) hears the Name of Jesus, it thrills with the bliss of Heaven and cries out in praise of this glorious King of all kings.

Verse 5. “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness (all goodness). It oftentimes so fell out that David had nothing but the bare ground for his bed, and the stones for his pillows, and the hedges for his curtains, and the heavens for his canopy; yet, in that condition, God was sweeter than marrow and fatness to him.”  (Thomas Brooks1608-1680)

I have personally found, over the past forty years since the Lord Jesus saved my sinful soul, that the times I have felt so exposed to harm; times when my life has been constantly and imminently in danger; times when sleep has deserted me as I allowed dread and anxieties over family members and friends to rob me of rest – these where the blessed times when the Lord has seen fit to draw nigh unto my soul, and thoroughly bless me with His Holy Presence and protective grace.  There is no one, nor anything, to compare with my Jesus.

Verse 5. “My mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips.  When the Lord puts His Spirit within us, then our starving souls begin to be feasted; for this blessed Spirit shows us the things of Christ and applies Him to us; by which means we are enabled to eat His flesh and drink His Blood.  And after the Holy Ghost is thus given, He is never taken away.”  (Outline of a Sermon by John Frazer, 1745-1818)

Verse 6. “When I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night seasons.”  Whether it be the ‘bed of languishing’ during a sickness; or a bed of ease while enjoying refreshing sleep – the born again heart and soul knows the Divine company of great Jehovah, Lord God Almighty, Who has promised: ‘I will never leave thee nor forsake thee…’ (Hebrews 13:5-6)  “And He said, Hear now My words: if there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make Myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” (Numbers 12:6) (Job 33:14-16)

Thought: If we are asking the Lord to hear and answer our prayers early, should we not seek to come very early to His throne to offer up to Him our sincere and earnest praise?  Let us together say, ‘Hallelujah, dear Lord God, we worship and praise Thee.’ Amen.

The Goal of ‘Early Seekers’ Psalm 63:2-3

Text: “To see Thy power and Thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary.”

Psalm 63:2.

          “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.”

John 1:17-18.

Good morning, God-seeing Christian!  No man can look upon the face of the Almighty Lord God Jehovah and live! WHY is this so?  Because the Lord God Almighty is an absolutely Holy Lord God, Creator of all things, and sin cannot survive in His Holy Presence.  I liken it to a human being walking into the range of an atomic reactor without a lead/protective suit to shield him/her from the deadly atomic rays.  Such a person would disintegrate immediately, be vaporised instantly by the powerful radiance of atomic fission.

Likewise, sinners cannot abide in the Presence of Almighty Lord God without the God-given ‘covering’ of the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ – God in bodily form.  Praise and all glory to His gracious Name!

“Blessed (blessed with all blessings) is he/she whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  (Psalm 32:1)

In the Book of Exodus, we have the account of Moses seeking to see God’s face, and the answer the Lord God gave him – and gives us by this account.

As an assurance, Moses asked the Lord: “And he (Moses) said, I beseech Thee, show me Thy glory.”  (Exodus 33:18)

“And He (the Lord) said, Thou canst not see My face: for there shall no man see Me, and live.  And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by Me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock (Christ Jesus?): and it shall come to pass, while My glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with My hand while I pass by: and I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see My back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:20-23)

“He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the Blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  For we know Him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto Me, I will recompense, saith the Lord.  And again, The Lord shall judge His people. It is a fearful (terrible) thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”  (Hebrews 10:28-31)

Without the covering of the precious sinless, and shed, Blood of Christ Jesus – “…Our God is a consuming fire.”  (Hebrews 12:29)

Therefore, you and I, born again, Bible-believing Christians, can indeed come into the Lord God’s Holy Presence – to worship and adore Him, to praise Him with thanksgiving; and to petition Him for our needs and the needs of others, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  What a privilege to be a ‘God-seeing Christian’!  Hallelujah!  Thanks be to God!

Verse 2.  “To see Thy power and Thy glory, so as I have seen Thee in the sanctuary.  Our misery is that we thirst so little for these sublime things and so much for the mocking trifles of time and sense.  The sight of God was enough for David, but nothing short of that would content him.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 274)

The goal of early-seeking Christians is to constantly see the power and glory of the Lord God Who has quickened us to believe and receive Christ’s great Eternal Salvation, and to worship and adore Him in all His Divine Holiness.

We do this, of course, by His Sovereign grace alone, it is an utter God-given privilege, and must never be taken for granted for a moment by all who believe.  We must seek to enter God’s Holy Presence with the correct attitude of reverence and awe, for we are approaching a Lord God Who is a ‘…consuming fire…’ to all who harbour sin on our hearts and minds.

“It is, or should be, the desire of every Christian to see and enjoy more and more of the glory of God.  A view of the Divine glory crucifies our lusts and puts the corruptions of our heart to death.”  (John Angell James1785-1859)

When Moses, in the chapters in Exodus previously referred, was blessed with a glimpse of the Lord God’s hinder parts from the cleft in the rock – God’s glory was etched upon Moses’ face for a time following.  So much so that Moses had to wear a face-covering to conceal the Holy glow from the tribes of Israel – in case it frightened them.

“And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold (look and fully understand) the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid of him.”  (Exodus 34:30)

“And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.”  (Exodus 34:33)

When we spend quality time in the Presence of the Living Lord God Jehovah – in prayer, in fellowship with Him, in praising Him, and worshipping Him from our hearts – the Divine glow of Spiritual health and strength is easily noticed by others.  Our light is clear for all observers to see that we belong to Christ Jesus.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16)

When you and I rise each morning, our first thought should be the Lord God, and the joy of being able to come into His Holy Presence, hidden and clothed in Christ Jesus.

It is the daily goal of early-seekers to see God, to hear what God has to say concerning the new day; to spend some time in His Word, and thereby, in His Holy Presence; to receive our Spirit-given instructions on how to go about our day.  Doing so, our faces will shine with the reflection of His Holiness, graciousness, and love.  We should be Christ-reflectors to others.

Verse 3. “Because Thy lovingkindness is better than life. To dwell with God is better than life at its best; life at ease, in a palace, in health, in honour, in wealth, in pleasure; yea, a thousand lives are not equal to the Eternal life which abides in Jehovah’s smile.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 275)

“Divine favour is better than life; yea, it is better than many lives put together…No man sets so high a price upon the sun as he that hath long lain in a dark dungeon.” (Thomas Brooks 1608-1680)

Thought: Those that seek God early, see His power and glory, and shine in the light of Jesus, and into the lives of sinners still living in the darkness of their sins.