J. P. Lange. The Lord satisfies the souls of his people as with marrow and fatness, when he feasts them with new covenant promises. He should do just as David did. Saints have often sweet joy and refreshment in secret; they have meat to eat, which the world knoweth not of. "Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible". He is not like the Egyptian task masters, which, require brick and give no straw wherewithal to make, II. In the original language he does not repeat the word which is translated God. The Christian church will see God in the wilderness. Psalms 145:10-11. In Psalm 63:1-8 verses the writer expresses his holy desires after God, and his confidence in him, and then in Psalm 63:9-11 remaining three verses he prophesies the overthrow of all his enemies. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. We too may expect to be cast into rough places ere we go hence. place for such a duty as this. Early will I seek thee. 1. The language in which God spake to man, the Hebrew, hath no present tense. And so here: Thou art my God; early will I seek thee. Sanctified Knowledge, saith, There is an infinite fulness in Christ, the fulness of a fountain. Believers grow in their knowledge of the divine character in the sanctuary, by observing and feeling the application of those great doctrines to the souls of men, by the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. Important duties too much neglected: "Remembering, II. 3. 5. My God. He had felt the sweetness of divine love, he had tasted that the Lord was gracious; he knew by happy experience that his lovingkindness was sweeter than all the comforts of life; and he hoped to be blessed with further experience of his love, with such experience as would warm his heart, and afford matter of a new song of praise to God: and thus he expected to be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. But according to the second sense, so he is blest only by angels and men, who are therefore to do it with so much the greater intension. (second clause). The last Psalm left the echo of power ringing in the ear, and it is here remembered. He doth not say my soul thirsteth for water, but my soul thirsteth for thee; nor he doth say my soul thirsteth for the blood of my enemies, but my soul thirsteth for thee; nor he doth not say my soul thirsteth for deliverance out of this dry and thirsty land, where no water is; nor he doth not say my soul thirsteth for a crown, a kingdom, but my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee. 1. We are famishing while we are in a state of nature, "having not the Spirit; "for while without the Spirit, we are also without Christ. 7. But those that seek my soul, to destroy it. See the difference between the mouth that praises God, and the mouth that forges lies: the first shall never be stopped, but shall sing on for ever; the second shall be made speechless at the bar of God. 4. Can angels say more? The effects that result to the believer in his history and experience, from an increasing knowledge of the power and glory of God. David and his followers fled for their lives to the northeastern portion of the wilderness of Judah, the Judean desert. Thirst is an insatiable longing after that which is one of the most essential supports of life; there is no reasoning with it, no forgetting it, no despising it, no overcoming it by stoical indifference. It oftentimes so fell out that he had nothing but the bare ground for his bed, and the stones for his pillow, and the hedges for his curtains, and the heavens for his canopy; yet, in this condition, God was sweeter than marrow and fatness to him; though his bed was never so hard, yet in God he had full satisfaction and content. 5. 1. Meus Deus. My lips shall praise thee. One life thou givest, which should be preferred to all our lives, whatsoever in the world we might have chosen. Thus will I bless thee while I live. My lips shall praise thee. The Lord satisfies the souls of his people was with marrow and fatness, by showing them his glory in the face of Christ. 3. Matthew Henry. Moses saw God in the wilderness. | 2,388 views. Our corporeal nature usually tugs in the other direction, but the spirit when ardent can compel it to throw in what power it has upon the other side. Only after God, therefore, let us pant. As if he had said, Go, lead on, my God! Augustine. More. Ver. The sight of God was enough for him, but nothing short of that would content him. I must see him, I dow (Am not able to do without him.) When Moses with the rod smote the rock twice, "the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also, "Numbers 20:11. Their fall. 1-2. Ver. Psalm 63 lesson by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics (Bible interpretation). In a dry. 1. 2011. Ver. As a place of choice. All these they so bless him thus. Simon de Muis. Every one that sweareth by him, i.e., to David, that comes into his interest, and takes an oath of allegiance to him, shall glory in his success. We all of us remember it in the words actually uttered by our Lord upon the cross, and which he took from their Syriacised version of Psalms 22:1-31. This was probably written while David was fleeing from Absalom; certainly at the time he wrote it he was king (Psalms 63:11), and hard pressed by those who sought his life. How great a friend is he, the very sight of whom is consolation. I cannot have better security for present nor future than God's former mercies exhibited to me. Ver. see and enjoy more and more of the glory of God. Psalm 63 – Love Better than Life The title of this psalm is, A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. And. As a place of indifference; that is, there as well, as anywhere besides. To praise God practically. 7. If the body of a human being were to be left on the ground, the jackals would certainly leave but little traces of it; and in the olden times of warfare, they must have held high revelry in the battle fields after the armies had retired. Love must praise God because--, 1. Amen. My soul shall be satisfied as if I had received all that is intimated by the rich pieces of the peace offering. 1. Rebekah, after drawing water in her pitcher, for Eliezer, Abraham's servant, added, "I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking, "Genesis 24:19. 5. 1. She asked us all to close our eyes and remember a situation in which we felt truly loved and secure. Shall go into the lower parts of the earth. 4. The love of life is a very frequent and pernicious snare, which a sense of God's love must deliver us from being entangled by. kyrha hqbd The primary sense of qbd is agglutinavit, to glue together; from thence it signifies figuratively to associate, to adhere to, to be united with; and particularly to be firmly united with strong affection. 3. It is easy to have a fancy to say it, but it is not to have a faith to say it: this carries some kind of hardship with it, and is not presently attained unto; but the mind of man withdraws from it. 2 I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. It was the favourite Psalm of M. Schade, the famous preacher in Berlin, which he daily prayed with such earnestness and appropriation to himself, that it was impossible to hear it without emotion." William Strong(--1654), in the "Saints' Communion.". 4. Thomas Horton(--1673). David had many a hard bed and many a hard lodging, whilst he was in his wilderness condition. A. R. Faussett. Vocal praise should be rendered to God as well as mental adoration; others see our mercies, let them also hear our thanks. David's desire toward God. But when the rock of Israel, in a day of power, speaks these promises to them, they no longer reject, but cordially receive them in Christ, and gladly feast upon them. If shame will not do it, nor fear, nor reason, then let them be stopped with the sexton's shovelful of earth; for a liar is a human devil, he is the curse of men, and accursed of God, who has comprehensively said, "all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone." We follow close at the Lord's heels, because we are one with him. Ver. 1. To praise. My soul followeth hard after thee. 2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding w your power and glory. 3. In the Hebrew, these words are: [~'Elohiym], [~'Eli]. 6. Psalms 63:1-2. Into the pits which they digged for others they shall fall themselves. God's mercy is better than lives. But the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped. Yes, but not as in the sanctuary; and therefore he saith, To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary; there I have seen thee otherwise than ever elsewhere; there he saw the king upon his throne and in his glory. And there is that in a gracious soul, which takes abundant satisfaction in God, and in communion with him. 2. Heathenism, indeed, in its cultus of domestic and local deities, of its penates, of its Oeoi epicwrioi, bore witness by these superstitions to the deep yearning of the human heart for the individualizing love of a higher power. Ver. Often had his heart been gladdened by communion with God in the outward ordinances, and for this great blessing he sighs again; as well he might, for it is the weightiest of all earth's sorrows for a Christian man to lose the conscious presence of his covenant God. And then it means all good people that make a sincere and open profession of God's name: they shall glory in God; they shall glory in David's advancement: "They that fear thee will be glad when they see me." Frequently have malicious men met with a fate so dire as to be evidently the award of retributive justice. F4 Spurgeon commented on this as, Expressing the Mystery of the Trinity and the Mystery of their Unity, along with that of the Spirit of God. The soul overflows, Ver. Still the sacred food require. We see best in the dark if we there see God best. That it is a characteristic of every good man, that he is devoutly attached to the solemnities of public worship. O great King! "C.H. The straightforward, clear language of this opening sentence would be far more becoming in Christians than the timorous and doubtful expressions so usual among professors. 5-6. Absorption in the most hallowed of all themes makes watches, which else would be weary, glide away all too rapidly; it causes the lonely and hard couch to yield the most delightful repose --repose more restful than even sleep itself. I. I will endeavour, then, in the first place, to show how, the Lord sanctifies the souls of men as with marrow and, fatness. Ver. If none others bless God, yet his people will; his very nature, as being the infinitely good God, is a sufficient argument for our praising him as long as we exist. Is it not, however, the natural and unstudied gesture of earnest supplication? Thy right hand upholdeth me, the arm of strength. Psalm 63 allows us to peer into the heart of this man after God’s own He helps them out, by way of rescue, and redemption, and deliverance. G. J. K. Ver. It was while in this desolate land that David penned this psalm. Every devout soul which has loved to see God in his house will be refreshed by visions of God in the wilderness of solitude, sorrow, sickness, and death. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 10. My flesh longeth for thee; by the two words soul and flesh, he denotes the whole of his being. This Psalm is peculiarly suitable for the bed of sickness, or in any constrained absence from public worship. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. 1. Better than life; either the principle, pleasures, or pursuits of life. It teaches us that the Almighty and Eternal gives himself in the fulness of his Being to the soul that seeks him. As it is said of his blessing, it adds no sorrow with it, nor has it any inconvenience in it, nor has it any evil attendant upon it. Love's resolution. so great is the folly of men, that they put from them these words of grace, and judge themselves unworthy of everlasting life. How sweet is such language! Early will I seek thee, says he: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh (that is, myself) longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. Thomas Horton. The Lord satisfies the souls of his people as with marrow and fatness, by shedding abroad his love in their hearts. Elijah saw God in the wilderness. By ALEXANDER SHANKS (1731-1799), late Minister of the Associate Congregation of Jedburgh, Edinburgh, 1081.". It follows. 5. Thirst will be heard; the whole man must yield to its power; even thus is it with that divine desire which the grace of God creates in regenerate men; only God himself can satisfy the craving of a soul really aroused by the Holy Spirit. Andrew A. Bonar, on Leviticus 3:9-10. O Well beloved, why dost thou pain a poor soul with delays? 1. Life is to many men a doubtful good: lovingkindness is an unquestioned boon: life is but transient, mercy is everlasting: life is shared in by the lowest animals, but the lovingkindness of the Lord is the peculiar portion of the chosen. Then his words are found, and they eat them; and his word is the joy and rejoicing of their hearts... 5. 9-10. Another effect of an increasing acquaintance with God, and of every view of the divine glory we obtain, is that the mind is disentangled from the embarrassments into which it is sometimes thrown by the aspect of providence. My flesh longeth for thee. Introduction: Psalm 63 is considered to have been written by David while in the wilderness of Judah during the revolt of his son, Absalom. 2. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tod/psalms-63.html. 7. Psalms 63:8-10. We read of beds of ivory, but beds of piety are better far. 3 Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. Ver. A weary place and a weary heart make the presence of God the more desirable: if there be nothing below and nothing within to cheer, it is a thousand mercies that we may look up and find all we need. From this one word--that God hath been my help --I make account that we have both these notions; first, that God hath not left me to myself, he hath come to my succour, he hath helped me; and then, that God hath not left out myself, he hath been my help, but he hath left something for me to do with him and by his help. 2. Ver. Spurgeon's wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: Satisfaction, absolute satisfaction; satiety of every desire, full to the brim to the running over only because God’s is our God; we want nothing beyond that to make our mouth praise with joyful lips. It is not an unfruitful thing to say it, and it is not am easy thing to say it neither. "Commentary on Psalms 63:4". This is because verse 1 says, "I will look for you early". How can I seek another man's God? 11. acknowledging and owning of thee when I first awake. Thus will I bless thee while I live. E. W. Hengstenberg. I. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. And meditate on thee in the night watches. O God, thou art my God; or, O God, thou art my Mighty One. Exodus 3:1-4. 3. Donne says of it: "As the whole Book of Psalms is, oleum offusun (as the spouse speaks of the name of Christ), an ointment poured out upon all sort of sores, a cerecloth that supplies all bruises, a balm that searches all wounds; so are there some certain Psalms that are imperial Psalms, that command over all affections and spread themselves over all occasions--catholic, universal Psalms, that apply themselves to all necessities. He assists here also. How strong are we when the Lord works in us by his own right hand, and how utterly helpless if he withhold his aid! An unknown good, be it ever so desirable in itself, cannot be the object of desire. Thirdly, with his hands: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 1. My God in Hebrew is the same word with which the Lord cried out upon the cross to the Father about the ninth hour: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" When he was in the Desert of Judah 1 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. Their future. Personal communion with God is the end of our graces; for as reason and the intercourse of it makes men sociable one with another, so the divine nature makes us sociable with God himself: and the life we live by is but an engine, a glass to bring God down to us. When this is the regular frame of a believer's mind, he values the loving-kindness of God more than life. Ver. The hell which they in their curse invoked for others shall shut its mouth upon them. In affliction. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. Ver. Lying awake, the good man betook himself to meditation, and then began to sing. 6. Thy lovingkindness is better than life. His enemies also followed hard after him. The flesh, in the New Testament sense of it, never longs after the Lord, but rather it lusteth against the spirit; David only refers to that sympathy which is sometimes created in our bodily frame by vehement emotions of the soul. 11. Ver. Psalms 63:11. Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Though unable to feast on the sacrifice at thine altar, my soul shall even here be filled with spiritual joys, and shall possess a complete, a double contentment. G. J. K. Ver. As David earnestly sought for God, so there were men of another order who as eagerly sought after his blood; of these he speaks: But those that seek my soul, to destroy it. The Hebrew word "early" can also mean "in a special way". Title. … "Kindness" to needy, helpless, lost. The full vessel running over. Who has not resembled Barak's adherents--"Faith, yet pursuing?" If thou hast but a hawk or a hound that thou lovest, thou wilt commend it; and can it stand with love to Christ, yet seldom or never to speak of him nor of his love, never to commend him unto others, that they may fall in love with him also? 1. 7. David exalts lovingkindness as a queen above all other, even the most precious, blessings bestowed upon him, because thy lovingkindness is better than (above) life. This is the greatest temporal blessing, and nothing can outdo it, but the favour of the God of our life; and this excels indeed. Thy lovingkindness is better than life; or, better than lives, as the Hebrew hath it (chaiim). she sets him out in every part of him, and concludes with this: "he is altogether lovely:" because thy lovingkindness (saith David) is better than life, my lips shall praise thee, and I will bless thee while I live. I will lift up my hands in thy name. They shall fall. Ver. ... Psalms 63 by Charles Spurgeon - … His exclamation is: Because thou hast been MY help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. The memory is like the ark in which the manna was laid up; meditation is like Israel's eating of the manna. Full assurance is no hindrance to diligence, but is the mainspring of it. PSALM 63 OVERVIEW. He helps his people here. Not earth nor heaven merely is the object of pursuit, but God himself. It is the psalmist's desire to teach us the way to blessedness, and to warn us of the sure destruction of sinners. We ought not to make our praises of God to depend upon our own personal reception of benefits; this would be mere selfishness; even publicans and sinners have a good word for those whose hands are enriching them with gifts; it is the true believer only who will bless the Lord when he takes away his gifts or hides his face. Possession breeds desire. In his hour of desolation he looks up from the desert to heaven. Whole Psalm. 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; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Your hearing will be in vain; and your praying will be in vain; there will be no spirit moving, no voice answering, no heart warnings, no soul refreshing, no God meetings. 5. 4. The soul's following, and following hard after God--what means this? At his life they aimed, at his honour, his best welfare; and this they would not merely injure but utterly ruin. than he does help them, and enable them, to endure. William Greenhill. 5. ), Twelve Sermons (on Psalms 63:1-8) in "Sermons on various Practical Subjects. The psalmist, therefore, means that his soul adhered to God with the warmest affection, and longed to offer up his sacrifice of praise in his sanctuary. Ver. Whole Psalm. F5. Ver. Faith saith, This is all for me, for he is my husband; then Prayer saith, If all this be thine, I will go and fetch it for thee; and Thankfulness says, I will return praise to God for it (and that's better than the receiving of mercies): My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips. We were to focus there for a while and then envelop that place in a circle of radiant pink light. This Psalm is peculiarly suitable for the bed of sickness, or in any constrained absence from public worship The best of men have been betimes on their knees. In David we have a notable example of a sensitive, tender, self analysing soul, living in sustained communion with God, while deeply sensible of the claims of the civil and religious polity of Israel, and, moreover, while externally devoted to a large round of exacting public duties. Psalm 3 is another morning song. 1. To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. The believer, by fresh displays of the divine glory, is disenchanted from the fascination of the world. He must give himself to the single soul with as absolute a completeness as if there were no other being besides it, and, on his side, man knows that this gift of himself by God is thus entire; and in no narrow spirit of ambitious egotism, but as grasping and representing the literal fact, he cries, "My God." This made David long to be in the sanctuary when he was in the wilderness; and why so? Ver. "Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, wyvak qbdw, and cleave to his wife; "properly, be closely united and compacted with his wife, with the most permanent affection. 1. DIVISION. My help. Openly, so that thy glory shall be made known, I will tell of thy goodness. The verb hmk is used only in this place, and therefore signification of it is rather uncertain, but it will receive light from the Arabic dialect. Following hard after God is expressive of ardent and intense desires. 3. 10. What food can compare with the hidden manna? Abraham Wright. Ver. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee (or, I will diligently seek thee, as merchants precious stones that are of greatest value): my soul thirsteth for thee. Who among them all has not, like the Jews, been sometimes "discouraged because of the way?" But when God, the Perfect Being, loves the creature of his hand, he cannot thus divide his love. And in his incarnate person he is living bread to us, bread that gives spiritual and eternal life to our souls, and effectually prevents them from perishing... 2. 3. St. Austin, expounding this whole prophecy of Christ, yieldeth a special reason of this judgment of God by which the Jews were condemned to foxes. 9. This psalm has in it as much of warmth and lively devotion as any of David's psalms in so little a compass. Let this be the resolution of both saved and unsaved. Ver. Ver. 3. Psalm 1 Charles Spurgeon Exposition . To follow implies this, and to follow hard implies it more strongly. How is God's character in. The fulness laid up in Christ is also a good foundation for such a hope. He turned his bedchamber into an oratory, he consecrated his pillow, his praise anticipated the place of which it is written, "There is no night there." Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 63:3-6 Even in affliction we need not want matter for praise. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF C. H. SPURGEON Within this set you can access other study helps [ bible, theology, commentary, sermons, and more ]. The soul's pursuit after God. 6. Psalm 63. My lips. 4. II. Nevertheless, when himself in the wilderness, David did not recur to those records for encouragement. He opens the eyes of his understanding with those of his body, and awakes each morning to righteousness. Because it is fostered by him. Perhaps the wilderness helped to keep him awake, and if so, all the ages are debtors to it for this delightful hymn. Thomas Brooks. IV. The relations of God to his people are not bare and empty titles, but they carry some activity with them, both from him towards them, and from them also answerably towards him. J. J. Stewart Perowne. If we cannot walk with him with equal footsteps, we will at least follow after with all the strength he lends us, earnestly panting to reach him and abide in his fellowship. Remember--and meditate. It is, indeed, used as a proper and distinct name of God. Samuel Chandler. No man sets so high a price upon the sun as he that hath long lain in a dark dungeon, etc. Ver. It is as if the psalmist had said, "Does God retire? When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Nor did his denunciations fail to meet with a certain accuracy of fulfilment even in the battle by which his own deliverance was effected. Ver. I now proceed to point out some of the reasons which, believers have to conclude that their souls shall be. The name of Jesus has often made lame men leap as a hart, and it has made sad men clap their hands for joy. In Eli, the second word employed, the etymological idea is that of might, strength. I. Could not David see them in the heavens, in the mountains, in the goodly cedars, and other works of God? ... Free Bible Commentary 399 views. 6. Divine favour is better than life; it is better than life with all its revenues, with all its appurtenances, as honours, riches, pleasures, applause, etc. By the ministry of reconciliation--by the exhibition of gospel truth. Jacob dug a well near to Sychar, which was afterwards called Samaria, and as the woman of Samaria said, "drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle, " John 4:12. The Echo and Insufficiency of Hell, Part 2 - Psalms 63. When David began to meditate upon God, it was sweet to him as marrow. 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