“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless you while I live. I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied…
and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.”
When he wrote this, the Psalmist David was not peacefully strumming on his harp, gazing on his satisfied sheep in lush green pastures. Nor was he reigning from his throne, oblivious to pain and suffering of the masses. In fact, when David made the declarations of Psalm 63, he was running for his life. King Saul’s plan was to kill David for fear that this young, popular warrior would take his throne.
This Psalm finds David in the desert, after he escaped from hiding in a cave. Even in this wilderness of Judah, David did not let his seemingly hopeless situation eclipse his worship. Here’s how David worshiped in that “dry and thirsty land”
“Your lovingkindness is better than life” … even life in this dry and thirsty land.
“My lips shall praise You” …even though they are parched in this dry and thirsty land.
“Thus I will bless You while I live”…even in this dry and thirsty land, You are worthy.
“I will lift up my hands in Your name”….trusting You in this dry and thirsty land.
“My soul shall be satisfied”…because I know You are with me in this dry and thirsty land.
“And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips”…You created me to praise You, even in this dry and thirsty land.
Your “dry and thirsty land” isn’t a wilderness; neither is mine. You are not running from the authorities to save your life; neither am I. But our “dry and thirsty land” might look like pain, disappointment, grief, uncertainty, fear, loneliness, loss. When we have to deal with those issues, like David, we must focus on the fact that God’s “lovingkindness is better than life.” Believing that, we will be motivated to worship Him…even in a dry and thirsty land!