Navigating the Wilderness (Psalm 63:1)

David was a king without a country. He had been exiled from Jerusalem by Absalom, his son, and now he was sitting alone in the wilderness of Judah isolated and alone.  He was sitting upon the steppes of the desert. He was in the midst of Wilderness Moments. In the crisis of the time, David picked up the quill and parchment and began to compose a song from the depths of his heart.  The very act of his writing was a pathway to finding joy, for he sought the Lord even as the ink touched the paper.  In the first two verses of this psalm, David described how he would find true joy when he was in a place he didn’t want to be.  He described in specific detail how he would pursue true joy in his wilderness moments.

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.” (Psalm 63:1, NKJV)

When you find yourself in the place that you don’t want to be, you must begin your journey toward joy by turning immediately to God. As David declared his personal relationship with God, we must remind ourselves early in the day that God is our God. This opening phrase highlights the entire song’s theme.  No matter what one faces, to be possessed by Elohim is to be possessed by power and strength.  To have relationship with God is to have ownership to the power and strength of God.

Our journey to joy must begin early. It can’t wait for the sun to set!  We must hurriedly make a path to the Lord Jesus and call upon Him for help.  In the wilderness moments, we must not wait for the heat of the day to hit us before we call upon God.  We must begin early, while the sun is still rising, so that we might begin our day with the right foundation.


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