Summary: This Psalm, like chapter 62 probably belongs to the time of Absolom’s rebellion. The theme of this psalm is satisfaction. David with his loyal followers had left Jerusalem by the Jericho road. The Jericho road led through the northern part of the wilder
MY SOUL IS SATISFIED--PSALM 63
Introduction: The Writer and Occasion is stated in the Superscription It says “A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.” This Psalm, like chapter 62 probably belongs to the time of Absolom’s rebellion.
There are several reasons why this is thought to be when Absolom was rebelling.
1. The writer is a king - vs.11
2. He is away from home and in a weary land - vs.1
3. He longs to be back in the sanctuary - vs. 2
4. Enemies seek to kill him - vs. 9
5. He is confident of their overthrow - vs. 9,10
6. And he himself rejoices in God - vs. 7
The theme of this psalm is satisfaction. David with his loyal followers had left Jerusalem by the Jericho road. The Jericho road led through the northern part of the wilderness of Judah. This is the same wilderness where David often found refuge from the actions of Saul, but this time He’s fleeing from his own Son. No doubt his heart was heavy. No doubt there were many obstacles along the way. But it’s in these times that the grace of God becomes reality.
The language of this Psalm suggests that it was written at night (vs. 6). Under the circumstance David was not likely to sleep restfully, and yet his soul found rest in communion with God. David did not stop singing because he was in the wilderness. But he simply adjusted his worship to fit the situation. The child of God can come to a point in his life where no matter what the circumstances are you can still praise God!
I. DAVID’S DESIRE - vs. 1-2
A. David desire communion with God
1. David’s communion with God was so sweet that he wasn’t going to let the desert destroy it.
2. God can be just as real in the desert as he is in the Palace.
B. On Many Occasions God Appeared to his children while they were in the wilderness
1. Hagar saw God in the wilderness - Gen. 16:13
2. Moses saw God in the wilderness - Ex 3:1-4
3. Elijah saw God in the wilderness - I Kings 19:4-18
4. Here David finds out that he’s just as real in the wilderness as he was in Jerusalem.
C. David could enjoy communion with God in the wilderness because of his personal relationship to God
1. David said, “O God, Thou art my God”
2. Jehovah was the God of David
a. Not only by Creation, but by Covenant
b. Not only by virtue of his claims, but also by David’s Choice
c. Not only by Conversion, but by Consecration
3. The reason some people cannot make it through the wilderness experience is because they do not have a
personal relationship with God
D. “Early will I Seek Thee”
1. Seek God early in Life
a. 75% of those that get saved, get saved before the age of 15
b. 95% of those that get saved, get saved before the age of 25
c. Over 25 the odds of you getting saved are 1 in 10,000
d. Over 35 the odds of you getting saved are 1 in 50,000
e. Over 45 the odds of you getting saved are 1 in 200,000
f. Over 55 the odds of you getting saved are 1 in 300,000
g. Over 65 the odds of you getting saved are 1 in 500,000
h. Over 75 the odds of you getting saved are 1 in 750,000
2. Seek God early each Day
a. In the Morning, while the day is fresh is the best time to meet with God.
b. Before your mind gets cluttered with the cares of the day you need to spend some time with Him.
I met God in the Morning
When my day was at its Best
And His Presence came like Sunrise,
Like a Glory in my Breast.
All Day Long the Presence Lingered;
All Day Long he Stayed with Me;
And we Sailed in Perfect calmness
O’er a Very Troubled Sea.
Other Ships were Blown and Battered,
Other Ships were Sore Distressed,
But the Winds that Seemed to Drive Them
Brought to us a Peace and Rest.
Then I Thought of other Mornings
With a Keen Remorse of Mind
When I Too had Loosed the Moorings
With the Presence left behind.
So I Think I Know the Secret
Learned from Many a Troubled way
You Must Seek him in the Morning
If you Want Him through the Day.
3. Seek God early in every Problem
a. We always try to work it out by ourselves and end up making the problem worse.
b. We use God, the Church, and the Bible as a last resort.
c. Someone said, “The Wise Man Does first what the Fool Does Last.”