Psalm 63: Comfort in God’s Presence

What about God is especially satisfying?

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Psalm 63:1 A song of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
God, you are my God. Earnestly I seek you. My whole being thirsts for you like someone in the desert, desperate for a drink because there is no water.
King James
Psalm 63:1 <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;

How does worship open our eyes to see better?

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Psalm 63:2 In worship, my eyes are opened to see your power and glory.
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Psalm 63:2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

What must we do to “experience” God’s love?

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Psalm 63:3 I praise you because experiencing your love is the fullness of life.
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Psalm 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

What do uplifted hands say about our feelings?

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Psalm 63:4 For as long as I live, I will give you thanks, my hands reaching up to you.
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Psalm 63:4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

How can joyful praise to God be more satisfying than a feast?

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Psalm 63:5 In singing joyful praises to you, my whole being is satisfied like the best of all banquet feasts.
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Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

How important is meditation upon the Lord when we go to sleep? Why?

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Psalm 63:6 I meditate upon you when I go to bed, and you’re on my mind throughout the night.
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Psalm 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

What can we do to recognize God’s protection?

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Psalm 63:7–8 Beneath the shadow of your wings, I rejoice, because you have been my help.
I long to be close to you, for your strong arm supports me.
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Psalm 63:7–8 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

In times of oppression, disappointment, and discouragement, how can we maintain hope in God and rejoice?

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Psalm 63:9–11 Those who want to see me destroyed will be destroyed themselves, and they will wind up in the grave. They will fall by the sword and become food for wild beasts. The liars will be silenced, but the king and his followers will rejoice.
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Psalm 63:9–11 But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes. 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.