Comfort and Assurance in God’s Presence
A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah.
1 O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on your name.
5 My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,[a]
and my mouth praises you with joyful lips
6 when I think of you on my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
If you are like me, you might have trouble simply picturing or imagining God, which seems right since we know that he is outside of the time and space that we experience. How could we possibly understand anything about who He is if He is not bound by the same universe that we are? In order to give my brain something to hold onto, I like to use substitution. We know that God = Love, right? So what if we imagine that God is just the pure form or the essence of love? In reading Psalm 63:1-8 in this way, we learn a lot about what David was feeling while he was in the wilderness at the time of this writing. “I seek Love, my soul thirsts for Love.” “I have looked upon Love in the sanctuary, beholding its power and glory.” “My lips will praise Love.” “I will lift up my hands and call on the name of Love.” “I meditate on Love in the watches of the night, for Love has been my help.” “My soul clings to Love; Love upholds me.” While some of us may have trouble identifying times that we have “experienced God,” I would hope that we can all pinpoint a time when we have loved or been loved, which is why I like this substitution. This practice teaches us a lot about who God is, and what our mission is on this Earth. Thinking about what God wants for us can be a burdensome task, but if we think of Him as the essence of love, then we can make decisions in our lives based on which outcome will allow us to be the most loving to the most people.
God of Love, cause me to actively seek out ways to be more like you, as this is the mission on which you have set us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.