3.04.2014

We cling to Him. He holds us.

O God, you are my God; earnestly 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.
So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary,
beholding Your power and glory.
Because Your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
in Your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise You with joyful lips'
when I remember You upon my bed,
and meditate on You in the watches of the night;
for You have been my help,
and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.
~ Psalm 63

This is one of the loveliest songs in the Psalms.  Your mind cannot help focusing on God because the Psalmist draws your heart and mind towards heaven as He describes the beauty and majesty and strength of our God in a way that is both soothing and exciting at the same time.

What I find fascinating about this passage is how the Lord's beauty is discovered and appreciated because the Psalmist is SEARCHING for it.
Look at the phrases used:

earnestly I seek
my soul thirsts
my flesh faints
I have looked and beheld
my lips will praise
I will bless
I will lift up my hands
my soul will be satisfied
I will remember and meditate
I will sing 

These are strong action words.  The writer is not sitting under a tree watching for the Lord's goodness to fall from the sky.  He is diligently searching for his God.  He knows where to find Him.  He willingly goes there and takes in every sight and sound.  He dwells on the Lord.  He remembers the deeds of the Lord.  He sings and rejoices over Him.  He worships.

And what is even more interesting is that the action words turn from describing the present - "I seek" "my soul thirsts" - and move to declaring promises - "I WILL praise" "I WILL be satisfied" "I WILL remember" ... thus defining a heart that is absolutely, completely, unswervingly committed to loving God now, and loving Him tomorrow.  Even though he has no idea what tomorrow may bring.

But the part of the passage that I find most delightful are the last two lines.  They take the entire Psalm, capturing every emotion, every vow, every good thing about God - and deliver a statement that is sweet and profound.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.

Do you see it?

MY soul clings to You;
YOUR right hand upholds me.

Our relationship with the Lord is not one-sided.  It is beautifully intertwined with our need - and His love.
We cling to Him for everything ... security, contentment, provision, strength, humility, and holiness.
And He holds onto us with the strong, powerful, faithful, never-changing, loving, forgiving, just, holy, and grace-filled grip that sustains us and gives us the strength to walk obediently and faithfully day by day.

And the best part?  Even when we begin to loosen our grip on Him, slipping away to walk on our own, thinking we can do better, He never, ever lets go.  Like the tide that continually pulls the waves back into the sea ... our God is our tether and our anchor.  Securely He holds us while we fight and exhaust ourselves while trying to swim against the current - until we finally stop flailing, surrender, and quietly let Him draw us back to Himself.
And once there, we are warm, dry, safe, still, and SECURE ... in the firm, steadfast, immovable grip of the Savior.

We cling to Him.
He holds us.

What a beautiful Savior!

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