My friend, Ina was our guest leader today and had so much prepared, she didn’t get to half of it. That’s when you know it’s good stuff.
Note on background before recap:
King David wrote Psalm 63 many years after he took the throne when his son, Absalom, revolted against him (2 Samuel 15). Yet again, he was on the run, fleeing for his life. He penned this Psalm in the dry desert lands surrounding his homeland of Judah.
Biggest take always from Psalm 63 Study and Discussion:
(1) David chose to focus on God not his problems. After all he has been through with Goliath and Saul, he found himself in a terrible situation where his own son sought to take his life and throne. He could’ve easily focused on “why me… again God” yet he chose to magnify God instead.
(2) David writes from the wilderness and we can all relate to being in some kind of wildernesses in our life. A place that is dry, weary, lonely, and desolate. Keep in mind how David’s focus in on God even though he is physically thirsty, his spiritual thirst for God is far greater.
(3) David remembers God when he goes to sleep. Night time is one of the enemy’s favorite times to attack our thoughts and get us out of peace. We are tired and usually not mentally alert. Joshua 1:8 tells us to mediate day and night on God’s Word.
In verse one, earnestly is the Hebrew word shachar. Shachar means to seek early. The verb tense used in Hebrew refers to an intensive or intentional action or process that is incomplete. Meaning— seeking God first thing in the day is an intentional act that is never completed. Always seek; pray without ceasing. Seeking Him all day and remember Him as you lay your heads down to sleep.
(4) Mediation is focus and prayer is expression. Meditation is being filled up by God and prayer is pouring out to God.
(5) Jesus tells us to love our enemies as ourselves, but David spoke of his enemies destruction. ?
David was speaking of justice not revenge. Justice is in God’s hands. David was trusting God to handle his enemies according to His will. David was also being human and pouring it all out to God– his hurts and anger. God can handle our human emotions. He wants us to just come to Him and give it all to Him. 1 Peter 5:6 reminds us to cast all our cares and worries on Him. David was doing just that. Remember that David also lived under the old covenant. Forgive and pray for those who hurt us is what Jesus calls us to do. (Luke 6:27-36)
2 Samuel 15:30
1 Peter 5:6-9
What was your biggest take away this week?