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.”
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?