Psalm 63:5-6 “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.”
Psalm 63 was composed by David in the wilderness of Judah. Once again, David was on the run and his life was in mortal danger. His own son Absalom had led a rebellion against his father and ascended to David’s throne. Now David was an exiled and hunted man. Betrayed by his own son, cursed by strangers as he fled the capital city of his kingdom, uncertain of the trustworthiness of his closest companions, David turned to God.
Even in such a condition, David retained his joy and confidence. How? By keeping his focus on God. Even though David found himself in terrible circumstances, he was able to say with certainty: “My soul shall be satisfied…and my mouth shall praise thee.” No matter what his outward condition, David knew that God would satisfy him and cause him to sing with joyful praise.
David was a man who was practiced and skilled in the art of the private worship of God. Because of past experiences, David knew that no matter how bad things seemed, no matter how depressed or afraid he felt, he could go to God and be satisfied.
Notice that David says I will be satisfied, “when I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” Now think of this, David had just been thrust out of his Kingly Palace. Think of how grand his bed must have been in that palace. Think of the security he enjoyed as he slept in peace guarded my armed men in the heart of an impenetrable castle. Now he finds himself on the ground with one eye open, tucked away perhaps in some cave, hoping for morning. And yet, He is confident that by going to God he will be satisfied and happy.
Let’s stop now and ask ourselves a difficult question, “What do we do when we find ourselves in horrible circumstances?” Well, I won’t dare to speak for you, but if I were being honest, I would have to say that I spend a great deal of time complaining, feeling sorry for myself, and wondering, “How could this happen to me?” Usually in those moments the last thing on my mind is going to God. Perhaps that, in and of itself, speaks volumes and reveals my true problem.
Do we even think of going to God? In rotten circumstances, even when we do pray, we often spend time trying to bargain with God or questioning His plans for us or even questioning His existence. In tough times either God doesn’t come into our mind or we only think of Him in order to criticize Him.
In his dreadful circumstances, David did not spend time thinking “Why?” or “How?” Instead, David spent time thinking “Who.” David said, “Even though I have traded my palace for a cave, I will think of my God and I will be satisfied.” Just the thought of God was enough to set David rejoicing.
So let’s figure this out. How can we be satisfied when we think of God even when we find ourselves in awful circumstances? The Bible tells us, and we know in our hearts, that God is all-powerful. We know that there is nothing that God cannot do. Furthermore, the Bible teaches us that, by His Finished Work, Jesus has removed our sin as far as the east is from the west. This means that there is nothing that separates us from God. God is as much our Father as He is Jesus’. We are as much God’s children as Jesus is. In fact, Jesus says, God loves us just as He loves Him.
Therefore, by faith we know that God is our Father. And Jesus taught us that God’s Fatherhood demands that He provide for us and take care of us. Remember Jesus’ words, “How much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” We are God’s responsibility. Now think of this, there is nothing God cannot do and there is nothing God will not do to help us.
Therefore, in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, we can know beyond the shadow of any doubt that God is leading us and directing our lives. We can know that all things are working together for our good. We can be sure that, though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God is with us.
Allow me to leave you with the words of the Hymn “Nearer, My God, to Thee.”
“Nearer, my God, to Thee, Nearer to Thee!
Even though it be a Cross that raiseth me;
still all my songs shall be, nearer my God to Thee.
Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God, to Thee.
There let the way appear, steps unto heaven;
all that thou sendest me, in mercy given;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.
Then with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
so by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.”