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1 (A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.) O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

9 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.

11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

Commentary for Psalms 63

David's desire toward God. (1,2) His satisfaction in God. (3-6) His dependence upon God, and assurance of safety. (7-11)

1,2 Early will I seek thee. The true Christian devotes to God the morning hour. He opens the eyes of his understanding with those of his body, and awakes each morning to righteousness. He arises with a thirst after those comforts which the world cannot give, and has immediate recourse by prayer to the Fountain of the water of life. The true believer is convinced, that nothing in this sinful world can satisfy the wants and desires of his immortal soul; he expects his happiness from God, as his portion. When faith and hope are most in exercise, the world appears a weary desert, and the believer longs for the joys of heaven, of which he has some foretastes in the ordinances of God upon earth.

3-6 Even in affliction we need not want matter for praise. When this is the regular frame of a believer's mind, he values the loving-kindness of God more than life. God's loving-kindness is our spiritual life, and that is better than temporal life. We must praise God with joyful lips; we must address ourselves to the duties of religion with cheerfulness, and speak forth the praises of God from a principle of holy joy. Praising lips must be joyful lips. David was in continual danger; care and fear held his eyes waking, and gave him wearisome nights; but he comforted himself with thoughts of God. The mercies of God, when called to mind in the night watches, support the soul, making darkness cheerful. How happy will be that last morning, when the believer, awaking up after the Divine likeness, shall be satisfied with all the fulness of God, and praise him with joyful lips, where there is no night, and where sorrow and sighing flee away!

7-11 True Christians can, in some measure, and at some times, make use of the strong language of David, but too commonly our souls cleave to the dust. Having committed ourselves to God, we must be easy and pleased, and quiet from the fear of evil. Those that follow hard after God, would soon fail, if God's right hand did not uphold them. It is he that strengthens us and comforts us. The psalmist doubts not but that though now sowing in tears, he should reap in joy. Messiah the Prince shall rejoice in God; he is already entered into the joy set before him, and his glory will be completed at his second coming. Blessed Lord, let our desire towards thee increase every hour; let our love be always upon thee; let all our enjoyment be in thee, and all our satisfaction from thee. Be thou all in all to us while we remain in the present wilderness state, and bring us home to the everlasting enjoyment of thee for ever.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 63

  • Joan Strawder
    Psalm is the individual name of each Psalm not Psalms, also Psalms are not chapters but Psalm.

    I like this website but I think you should check the terminology used, specifically to the Book of Psalms.
  • Allen Radford
    While he was in the wilderness of Judah....may we all learn to worship Almighty God even when it seems we're in our own wilderness....we cannot forget,He made the wilderness too....
  • Mary
    This psalms encourages me to persue more after God knowing that as I go harder after God he is with me no matter where I find my self that God is always with me,because truly his love and kindness is my life and the importance of making adquite time in The Presence of God in the Mornings.
  • A disciple
    "O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsts for thee, my flesh longs for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary." Being a man anointed and mightily filled with the Holy Spirit; while David camped in the desert, he could use the experience as a spiritual instruction for his hidden life in God.
  • Hazel
    I see my self in this Psalms I feel am speaking to the father about my self, and I thank him for every Blessing that he has bestowed upon me.
  • Pam Davidson
    But the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped
  • Wayne Dent
    Eternity lived separate from our father Would be so miserable. The joy of experiencing His loving kindness now is unsurpassed.
  • Lilian
    Your loving kindness Lord Jesus is better than life. I will praise you and worship you alone Jesus for you are worthy to be praise thank you for loving me unconditionally even i couldn't love myself Thanks to your blood Jesus and help me Lord to be born again in Spirit every moment of my life Amen

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In Psalm 63, evildoers will become food for what?
  • Thought
  • Rats
  • Vultures
  • Foxes
  • Dogs