Psalm 63, Catholic Bible
Psalm 63: Ardent Longing for God
1 A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
2 O God, you are my God whom I you I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless, and without water.
3 Thus I have gazed toward you in the sanctuary
to see your power and glory.
4 For your kindness is a greater good than life;
my lips shall glorify you.
5 Thus I will bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
6 As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.
7 I will remember you upon my couch,
and through the night watches I will meditate on you;
8 That you are my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
9 My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.
10 But they shall be destroyed who seek my life,
they shall go down into the depths of the earth;
11 They shall be delivered over to the sword,
and shall be the prey of jackals.
12 The king, however, shall rejoice in God;
everyone who swears by him shall glory,
but the mouths of those who speak falsely shall be stopped.
Psalm 63 shows King David’s ardent longing for God. He pines for God as a person pines for food and water. He is not satisfied without God in his life. He tells God how much he loves and longs for Him, then talks about how kind God is. David then tells God his plans to praise and love God during his life. Finally, David tells God of his faith in Him to destroy David’s enemies and stop those who speak falsely against God.
What can we learn from Psalm 63? We can use David’s words as a prayer to God. We can be inspired by David to love God with a deep love like he did and trust in Him completely.
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