Last week, our small group took on reading of Psalm 144 verses 9-10 to begin the More than a Song study series.
A brief look at the main points I shared:
v. 9 – “new song”: Our love for God must be in a level that we ought to offer “new things” for Him in our worship.
v. 9 – “on the ten-stringed lyre” or best melody: Our love for God must be in a level that we ought to offer “our best” for Him in our worship.
v. 10 – “the One … who delivers”: Our love for God must be in the level that we ought to “worship” Him amidst trials.
This week, the church continued with Psalm 63 verse 1 to 8 – and that is what we’ll be covering this Thursday meeting:
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
As I read through this week’s passage, what hit me is that while last week’s emphasis was David’s “love” for God, which is how we should… is that this week’s reading compliments it in the sense that this talks about “intimacy”.
In my personal experience between love and intimacy, intimacy does not start until I had a relationship. By intimacy – I am not just talking about Sex, sadly, society today managed to intertwine those two words as synonymous. What I am referring to was probably express in a portion of this song:
“Di makatulog sa gabi sa kaiisip
Sa diwa ko’y ikaw ang aking panaginip.
O bakit ba ikaw ang siyang laging laman ng isip ko
Sa bawat sandali ay nais kang makita
Kapag tumitig na sa akin ay ligaya
Anong hiwaga ang nadarama…”
Going back, look at what David say’s in verse 1, “earnestly, I seek you” – often times, there is a tendency that we just wait on God to reveal Himself to us, unaware that He is always there, we fail to see Him because we are more caught up with things we see in the surface.
That if I am to continue with the pattern I started last week, I would go with: Our love for God must be intimate that we ought to seek Him in every circumstance of our life.
You see one group of bible scholars viewed that David wrote this when He was running from Saul, yet another group thinks that since he referred to himself as “the king” in verse 11, this was when he was running away from his son Absalom. But the point is, with depth and sincerity (that is what earnest means) he is seeking God.
Then he added “I thirst for you“, and I thought about what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman from the well, “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst” (John 4:14). David was talking in the spiritual sense; He has intimate relationship with God that He knows better than that woman. “My whole being longs for you” he says, when we talk about ones whole being, it speaks about ones existence – mind, body and spirit. Now, look at the irony, “in a dry and parched land where there is no water“. I believe what he’s saying is this, “I am in a place of defeat, in a place where no hope can be felt, in a place where there is no way to live, a place of emptiness” yet David longs for God, as his only fulfillment.
Look at verse 2, “I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.” David’s intimacy enabled him to ‘see’ the One who is unseen. Going back with my example, God has always been there, and we’ll see He is working in our life: for work, in school, at home, in the streets – and that once we earnestly seek Him and understand His nature, we will see promises after promises has already been fulfilled, and will continue to be fulfilled in our life.
With that, “Our love for God must be intimate that we see grace and goodness showers us, not by our own“.
What happens after? See verse 3-4: “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.” that is why we need to change the lyrics of this song:
“All you people can’t you see, can’t you see
How your love’s affecting our reality
Every time we’re down
You can make it right
And that makes you larger than life”
“All you God’s people can’t you see, can’t you see
How your Gods’ love’s affecting our reality
Every time we’re down You God can make it right
And that makes you God larger than life”
And know that, listen to this, and know, that anything in life – power, fame, and fortune, all that you thought was valuable, once you experience the extent of knowing the Lord, amounts to nothing. And you would not have anything left in you but to praise God.
Therefore, our love for God must be intimate that we see it take precedence than everything else.
You will be fulfilled, and satisfied… verse 5-6: “I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” Let me ask you, what do you say after eating the food that you exactly wanted “SOLVED!” right? What do you say when the lady you are pursuing give you the “matamis na OO“, you shout “YES!” right? But did anyone tell you that it’s what you’re supposed to feel? None.The feeling will come to you, and that is what David had having the intimate relationship with God.
Like I said, our love for God must be in intimate that it will be our source of satisfaction and fulfillment.
I want us to remember what Jesus did for us in the Calvary…
v.7 “Because you are my help” – He is our savior.
v.7 “I sing in the shadow of your wings.” – We put ourselves under His authority.
v.8 “I cling to you” – That we cannot do it on our own, that we are dependent on Him.
v.8 “your right hand upholds me.“– That we should trust Him, He will never let us down.
as a result, our love for God must be intimate that we honor Him with our trust and complete dependence.
Question is how? I mentioned earlier how my relationship with my wife grew to intimacy, and it’s by this:
- Time Spent Together – I go on a date with my wife when I was courting her, and I still do so today. Make sure to set up time with yourself and God, and by that, I mean, setup a quite time with His word.
- Two-Way Communication – Intimacy does not grow if you don’t listen to your partner as much as you share your thoughts. Likewise, as much as you do not pray, offer all your requests, and witness it happen to your life not understanding how God operates. Your quiet time must include a time to be still and listen to his voice. And by that, I mean, what does he say about it in His written word.
- Vulnerability – if there is a person who knows me inside and out, it would be my wife. Although we already know that God already know us from within, our confession motivates us more to expose our life to Him.
- Shared Interest – …
to be continued…