A psalm of David when he was in the Desert of Judah. 1 God, you are my God. I seek you with all my heart. With all my strength I thirst for you in this dry desert where there isn’t any water. 2 I have seen you in the sacred tent. There I have seen your power and your glory. 3 Your love is better than life. So I will bring glory to you with my lips. 4 I will praise you as long as I live. I will call on your name when I lift up my hands in prayer. 5 I will be as satisfied as if I had eaten the best food there is. I will sing praise to you with my mouth. 6 As I lie on my bed I remember you. I think of you all night long. 7 Because you have helped me, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 I hold on to you tightly. Your powerful right hand takes good care of me. 9 Those who want to kill me will be destroyed. They will go down into the grave. 10 They will be killed by swords. They will become food for wild dogs. 11 But the king will be filled with joy because of what God has done. All those who make promises in God’s name will be able to brag. But the mouths of liars will be shut.
“…2I have seen you in the sanctuary
and beheld your power and your glory.
3Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
4I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
5I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you…”
The Psalmist here has seen God, in some way. I would guess by revelation, when in His temple. The impact of seeing God is deeply significant – God’s love is obviously shed abroad in his heart, and a deep satisfaction, like that of enjoying fine foods, fills the psalmists soul.
It is undeniable, the strength of the Psalmists satisfaction in knowing God, and the natural overflow of such knowing is deep and rich praise.
The Psalmist didn’t just go anywhere to be with God. The Psalmist went to the sanctuary.
I can sometimes be a bit flippant as to how I engage with God. Because I have the Spirit, I tell myself, I can engage with God anywhere, anyhow. To some extent this is indeed true, but God must always receive my deep respect and reverence, wherever I engage with Him. His is a power, a glory, a love, and a satisfaction that far surpass everything in this world, even the finest of foods (and I like my food).
And God must be sought out. God is indeed everywhere, but I know He is present with His church, our modern “sanctuary”, every weekend. I must be found there week in, week out, and I can be present when God reveals Himself in magnificent and fresh ways.
Lord, help me truly respect you, always, as is your due. And keep me faithful to be present to you, found in your sanctuary, week in, week out. And keep my eyes open to your glory, for I know you satisfy my heart wonderfully.
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh