A Psalm of David When He Was in the Wilderness of Judah.
O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. But those who seek my life, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him shall glory; but the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped. (Psalm 63)
A Psalm Of Action
David was a man of action. Faith to the shepherd king was not just an idea – it was his life. Notice the language of action in his words: EARLY will I SEEK you; David THIRSTS and LONGS for the Lord. He LOOKS for the presence of God to see the power and glory of God.
His lips PRAISE and BLESS the Lord. His hands are LIFTED UP, his soul is SATISFIED and his mouth PRAISES the Lord with JOYFUL LIPS.
He REMEMBERS, MEDITATES and REJOICES in the knowledge of God. His soul FOLLOWS CLOSE behind his Lord.
Having a faith filled with action his enemies will not harm him nor despair him. His faith will cause REJOICING in his life because he serves a God that will deliver him on any occasion.
We must be people of action in our faith. James reminds us that faith without works is dead and this shows how important the two need each other. Our faith must be manifest toward God in these powerful words of David. SEEK Him; THIRST for Him; LONG for the Lord in your life.
Through faith man experiences the meaning of the world; through action he is to give to it a meaning. (Leo Baeck, Essence of Judaism, 1922)