Introduction When you are in a country like ours that is anxious about its presidential returns and who will be the next president; Or when you feel all alone and think that God has led you into a desert-like existence, a dry and thirsty place; Or when there is a craving in your soul - a gnawing and angst in your soul; Then Psalm 63, our focus of the day, will be a wonderful source for you. This psalm will be the answer for the frustration and thirst you may have today! Psalm 63 “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water”--v. 1. Historical context: II Samuel 15:13-16:14 “O God, you are my God… earnestly I seek you; (emotional) my soul thirsts for you, (spiritual) my body longs for you, (physical) Why? in a dry and weary land where there is no water”-- Psalm 63:1. In the middle of the night when your thoughts are unedited and vulnerable, how do you respond when your soul says: “Do you have all you desire”? “Is there something missing from your spiritual life”? “Are you thirsty for more of anything”? “Do stark/disappointing conditions cause you to respond like Psalm 63:1”? I Samuel 3:1-10--Young Samuel had an experience of hearing from God. In what context did he hear from God? What was the result? What can we learn from this incident? Psalm 42--David had a thirsty soul when he was downcast and in need--vv. 1-3. How did he respond? (He remembered, prayed, spoke truth and faith to his soul, and purposed to praise God--Ps. 42:4-11.) What will quench the thirst of our souls? Psalm 63 2] “I have seen you in the sanctuary... (David had experiences with God in the past.) 2b] and beheld your power and your glory.” (He recalled God’s power and glory.) Likewise: Our past experiences with God’s power and presence will mark our lives--remember them! We need to pray for & experience more of God’s power, glory and presence--v. 2; Eph. 1:15-23. What will quench the thirst of our souls? Psalm 63 3] “Because your love is better than life…” (David was fully aware of God’s love.) Our thirsty souls are often quenched when we are made aware of (or reminded of) God’s love! Deep longings/cravings in the soul and body are because we have not experienced the depth of God’s love--vv. 1,3. Paul prayed for this understanding--Eph. 3:17b. What will quench the thirst of our souls? 3] “Because your love is better than life, 3b] 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] My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” One of the best way to quench soul thirst is active physical and verbal praise!--v. 4. In fact, God may create the thirst in us to get us to praise Him--Psalm 42:11. Worship supplies food, refreshment, satisfaction (water), for the soul. What will quench the thirst of our souls? 6] “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” Is it possible that some sleepless nights are a call for rest in God--a time to enjoy God’s presence and to be refreshed in the Word, prayer and praise? (See Psalm 77:2-6a.) Or what about our unnamed frustration and restlessness during the day? Is it possible it is a call for refreshment and rest from God, too? We need time to remember/reflect on Him. What will quench the thirst of our souls? 7] “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” It may be that a lack of thanksgiving/singing/ reflection creates a lack of awareness of God’s presence (“...shadow of your wings”)--v. 7b. Consistent thanksgiving may eliminate a sense of distance from God! (See Romans 1:21.) We were created to praise--our souls/hearts are restless until we do!--Psalm 42:1-3. What will quench the thirst of our souls? 8] “My soul clings to you… (Why?) 8b] your right hand upholds me. (Psalm 16:11) 9] They who seek my life will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. 10] They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals.” Our desperate need causes us to cling to God. When we cling to God, our soul will be made aware of His protection & pleasure--vv. 8b-10. What will quench the thirst of our souls? 11] “But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God's name will praise him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.” When we praise God, we join a holy elite and distance ourselves from those who are not living in the truth--Philippians 4:4-7. Our praise acknowledges we are in the King’s family and thus creates a healthy soul esteem! We will be listened to & not be silenced--v. 11. What will quench the thirst of our souls? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Soul Preparation--vv. 1-2 Soul Romance/love--v. 3a Soul Food--vv. 3-5 Soul Rest--v. 6 Soul Thanksgiving--v. 7 Soul Grip--vv. 8-10 Soul Esteem--v. 11 “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water”--v. 1. Appendix Many are spiritually dehydrated and starving but don’t know why they are so weak!