O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life my lips will glorify you. Psalm 63:1-3
The psalmist is declaring the intimacy of his relationship with God. He earnestly seeks the Lord. He is longing for the presence of the Lord. He is experiencing an aching desire to be with God. His soul clings to God and he sings beneath the shadow of God’s wings. This is a man who knows God. He has been with God and has seen God. He has beheld the power and the glory of God. But what is most significant is that he has experienced the love of God and found that knowing the love of God is better than life. This is a song I can sing. I have discovered these truths over and over in my own life. I love to lay on my bed and remember the love of my Lord through the watches of the night—those nights when sleep eludes me. I sing beneath the shadow of his wings because of his constant and present help in my life. I cling to the Lord and earnestly seek to be with him and to know him. My soul is satisfied. He is more than enough for me. I need nothing beyond him. I glorify the Lord with my lips and with my life. Please don’t hear any of this as boasting. It is just that I know that the love of my God is better than anything else I have ever had or ever will have. I bask in his love. I long for everyone else to be able to do the same.
O my God, how I praise you. You truly are more than enough for me, and I sing with hands raised to praise you. Your love is amazing and so unwarranted, and yet I thirst for your love and find it to be truly better than my life. May I always be drawn to your heart. Keep me safe in your love and sheltered in the shadow of your wings. Amen.