David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 6)

“As with fat and the choicest cuts of meat, my soul will be satisfied. My lips will exult; my mouth will exclaim hallelujah!” (Psalm 63:6 {Psalm 63:5 in English versions})   Now, in a culture that is as health conscious as ours is, we somewhat lose the impact of the initial metaphor.  We usually think… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 12)

“The King will rejoice in God; and boast, will all who swear by him; for the mouth will be shut of all who speak a lie.” (Psalm 63:12 {Psalm 63:11 in English Bibles})   And David, who is the rightful king of Israel, will rejoice in God (even in the midst of having to flee… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 11)

“They will be thrown down on the sword; they will be a portion for foxes.” (Psalm 63:11 {Psalm 63:10 in English Bibles})   Not only is David confident in the death of those who seek his life, but he is confident in the ignoble way in which they will die and be left for the… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 10)

“And those men of ruin, who require my life, they will go to the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalm 63:10 {Psalm 63:9 in English Bibles})   Thus, not only does David have the assurance that he may hide behind the strong hand of God for protection, like a small child with his or her… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 9)

“My soul cleaves behind you; your right hand takes hold of me.” (Psalm 63:9 {Psalm 63:8})   As David is reflecting on his dependence on God’s strong hand of defense, he switches to a different, but related metaphor.  In the previous verse, he employs the imagery of being a chick under a mother eagle’s wings;… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 8)

“For you are my help and in the shadow of your wings I will exult!” (Psalm 63:8 {Psalm 63:7 in English Bibles})   The language of God being as a mother eagle to his people, Israel, is a common Old Testament image (Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 32:11; Ruth 2:12; Psalm 17:8; etc…).  And oh, what a… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 5)

“Thus, I will bless you with my life; in your name I will lift my hands.” (Psalm 63:5 {Psalm 63:4 in English Bibles})   Not only will David lift his voice in praise, but he will lift his hands as well—fully praising his God and redeemer.  What a simple, but wonderful thought to keep before… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 4)

“For your covenant faithfulness is better than life; my lips will sing praises to you.” (Psalm 63:4 {Psalm 63:3 in English Bibles})   Those of you who know me well know that I sound a bit like a broken record when I get to verses like this, but I would hold that these things are… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 3)

“Thus, in the Holy Place, I have seen you; seeing your might and your glory.” (Psalm 63:3 {Psalm 63:2 in English Bibles})   Now, a question of translation arises in the first clause.  This verse begins with the words vd<QoB; !Ke (ken baqodesh), which mean “thus, in the Holy Place.”  The interpretive question that must… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 2)

“O God, you are my God; again and again I seek you. My soul thirsts for you; My flesh yearns for you— In a land that is dry and exhausted without water.” (Psalm 63:2 {Psalm 63:1 in English Bibles})   The wilderness around David is a visible metaphor for the spiritual state of the land… Read More

David in the Wilderness: Psalm 63 (part 1)

“A psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah” (Psalm 63:1 {superscript in English Bibles})   It is always helpful when psalms contain superscripts, which can introduce for us the context and the historical setting of the psalm (remembering that in the Hebrew Bible, the superscripts are part of the inspired text). … Read More