Worship In the Wilderness

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. (Psalm 63:1-8 NLT)

I am challenged by these verses in Psalms. At this point in David's life, he is dealing with a lot of trouble. He is having to live in the wilderness and is experiencing a rough stretch of his life. Despite all of that David chooses to remember the good things God has done for him instead of dwelling on the worry.

Even during God's “silent” moments David never forgot how great and glorious God was. David then used those memories to switch from worry to praise.

Like David, during my moments of desperation and worry, may I reflect on God's “power, glory, and unfailing love.” May I use those meditations to transform my thoughts to ones of praise and worship.


Comments (2)

  1. It is so difficult to do when the worries are so heavy that they feel like they are crushing your chest and stealing your breath. I wonder if all the worship David did helped him keep his mind on the Lord instead of on the worries and ‘giants’ in his life. I need to read this scripture daily/hourly!

  2. Thanks for reminding us just how great and glorious God is. I am sure if we could make an appointment to sit and talk through our troubles with God –you know if we could really sit in his presence, our worries would seem, as Paul writes, light and momentary (2Cor 4:17-18)
    Oh….right….we can…..Thanks for the reminder, there is peace in His presence.