A Satisfied Soul

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 63:1-11

David is in “the Desert of Judah” which he describes as “a dry and weary land” (v. 1). Yet, though his longing for water is intense, his desire for a close relationship to God is even more intense.

He thinks back to when he had a wonderful experience of the presence of God in worship (v. 2). He has his priorities straight, “your love is better than life” (v. 3a). Therefore, in spite of his present circumstances, he will praise God (v. 3 b). Though his present diet is very limited, his soul is satisfied (v. 5a).

What an example David provides for us. The world around us is wrapped up in the search for fun and material things. There is tremendous pressure to be squeezed into the world’s mold.

Friend, choose the better way, the way of David. For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? A close walk with God provides a deep satisfaction that things cannot provide. What a great God we have. How wonderful to live in his loving presence. How satisfying. Try it; you’ll like it. Then you will say with David, “My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (v. 8). trustworthy. He has two great qualities: power and love (vv. 11,12).


Father, help us to keep our priorities straight, knowing that fellowship with you is of utmost importance. Amen.