Have you ever longed for God like this:
“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” (Psalm 63:1, NIV).
Do you long for God’s presence in your life, just as you thirst for water or hunger for food? You will if you have ever experienced Him like David had.
“I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and glory” (verse 2).
At some point David had entered the presence of God and experienced true worship. He had seen the power and glory of His majesty, and he was forever ruined. That’s what happens once we taste and see that He is good. When we have truly connected with God in worship, nothing less will ever satisfy. We will long for His presence like a dying man in a desert.
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (verses 3-4).
His love IS better than life! It goes beyond this life into the next one. Nothing in this world can compare to all that God is. Nothing in this life can offer what God can. He is my Creator, Father, Provider, Sustainer, Defender, Deliverer, Healer, Savior, Refuge, Strong Tower, my Rock and my Salvation; He is the beginning and the end and everything that I need. He is the Lover of my soul, my Friend, and my Redeemer.
No wonder David said, “My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you” (verse 5). David knew that being in the presence of God reminds us of who He is! When we come into God’s presence, we will forget everything else around us for that moment and nothing else will matter but worshiping our great God who is worthy of our praise!
Just as longing for food and water will lead us to eat and drink, longing for God in worship will lead us into His presence. And just as partaking of food and water will satisfy our bodies’ needs, God’s presence will satisfy our soul’s greatest need: worship.
We were created to worship, and nothing less than worship of Jesus will ever satisfy our souls. David knew this truth. He responded to God’s presence with singing, praise, and lifting of his hands. He knew the deep peace and satisfaction of releasing his emotions in worship and letting his whole body follow with singing and praise.
Have you ever wondered why God created us to be able to sing? I wonder how Adam and Eve felt the first time they realized they could sing? I wonder what their first song was? I don’t think it matters what your voice sounds like – if you are singing to Jesus, He loves it!
So lift your voice, lift your hands, lift up your heart to the One who is worthy! Seek God’s presence, whether it be at home, in your car, or in your pew. Don’t find yourself in a desert because you have neglected time in God’s presence. Find yourself at His throne, filled to the brim!