Numbers 29:12-40; Luke 3:23-28; Psalms 63:1-5; Proverbs 16:24
Psalms: “God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you. I thirst for you; my body faints for you in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water. So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory. My lips will glorify you because your faithful love is better than life. So I will bless you as long as I live; at your name, I will lift up my hands. You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.” (Psalms 63:1-5 CSB)
David wrote this psalm when he was in the wilderness of Judah. It was likely when his son Absalom attempted to overthrow his kingship and he had to flee Jerusalem. This was probably the darkest and most challenging times of David’s life. His own son was seeking his life, some of his closest confidants had turned on him, he was run out of his home, and was camped out in the desert where water and food were scarce. In the midst of all that upheaval and calamity, David said that more than food and water, he hungered and thirsted for God. What did he do? Did he look at all the wrong that was going on around him and give up hope? No. Instead of looking around, he looked up and eagerly sought the Lord his God. How did he fill himself with food he needed to sustain him through this difficult time? He lifted up his hands in praise to the Lord whose faithful love was better than life itself. As David looked up and eagerly sought God… as he lifted up hands in praise, he was satisfied with the rich and sustaining spiritual food that only the Lord can give, and was able to then look around at the circumstances and be filled with peace and hope. If ever there was a season in my lifetime that was “dry, desolate, and without water,” it would be now: devastating storms, a global pandemic, businesses shutting down, loss of income, horrifying racial injustice, violent riots and anarchy. This year, life as we know it has spiraled out of control with upheaval and calamity everywhere… and it doesn’t appear to be letting up. How do we face all the things that 2020 have brought us without falling into despair and hopelessness? We first look up and say, “God, You are my God.” We eagerly seek the God whose faithful love is better than life itself… we lift our hands in total praise to the God who can cause streams to flow in the desert and can sustain us through years of drought. Then, with the peace, hope, love, and wisdom that He fills us with, we turn and face this year with grace.