I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands …
with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:4-5 (NIV)
Music and the ability to sing make up my earliest memories. God gave me my joy in music as one of his most meaningful gifts to me. I am drawn to David’s many psalms (songs) of praise. They empower me to visualize the ways and places where God is with us throughout our days.
Psalm 63 leads us on a journey from our emotional neediness as “thirsty souls in a dry land.” While passing through God’s sanctuary (all the earth) we can find strength in experiencing his power and glory in our world. Along the way we are urged to glorify God with our words, gestures, and songs and to spend our nights thinking of God and the care he offers us. It is reassuring to know God is with us. We cling to God at all times, and he holds us up.
Although this psalm is focused on our individual relationships with God, I like to think that we all share in the experience of spiritual neediness and the reassurance we can find throughout our lives as God’s children.
Lord, grant us courage to follow you throughout our days and nights and to take joy in your presence in our lives. Amen.