Psalm 63:1 & 2


Lethbridge, Canada

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Psa 63:1 A Psalm of David When He Was in the Wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.
Psa 63:2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.

Psa 63:1 -
O God, thou art my God – The words here rendered God are not the same in the original. The first one – אלהים ’Elohiym – is in the plural number, and is the word which is usually employed to designate God Gen_1:1; the second – אל ’Êl – is a word which is very often applied to God with the idea of strength – a strong, a mighty One; and there is probably this underlying idea here, that God was the source of his strength, or that in speaking of God as his God, he was conscious of referring to him as Almighty. It was the divine attribute of power on which his mind mainly rested when he spoke of him as his God. He did not appeal to him merely as God, with no reference to a particular attribute; but he had particularly in his eye his power or his ability to deliver and save him. In Psa_22:1, where, in our version, we have the same expression, “My God, my God,” the two words in the original are identical, and are the same which is used here – אל ’Êl – as expressive of strength or power. The idea suggested here is, that in appealing to God, while we address him as our God, and refer to his general character as God, it is not improper to have in our minds some particular attribute of his character – power, mercy, love, truth, faithfulness, etc. – as the special ground of our appeal.
Early will I seek thee – The word used here has reference to the early dawn, or the morning; and the noun which is derived from the verb, means the aurora, the dawn, the morning. The proper idea, therefore, would be that of seeking God in the morning, or the early dawn; that is, as the first thing in the day. Compare the notes at Isa_26:9. The meaning here is, that he would seek God as the first thing in the day; first in his plans and purposes; first in all things. He would seek God before other things came in to distract and divert his attention; he would seek God when he formed his plans for the day, and before other influences came in, to control and direct him. The favor of God was the supreme desire of his heart, and that desire would be indicated by his making him the earliest – the first – object of his search. His first thoughts – his best thoughts – therefore, he resolved should be given to God. A desire to seek God as the first object in life – in youth – in each returning day – at the beginning of each year, season, month, week – in all our plans and enterprises – is one of the most certain evidences of true piety; and religion flourishes most in the soul, and flourishes only in the soul, when we make God the first object of our affections and desires.
My soul thirsteth for thee – See the notes at Psa_42:2.
My flesh longeth for thee – All my passions and desires – my whole nature. The two words – “soul” and “flesh,” are designed to embrace the entire man, and to express the idea that he longed supremely for God; that all his desires, whether springing directly from the soul, or the needs of the body, rose to God as the only source from which they could be gratified.
In a dry and thirsty land – That is, As one longs for water in a parched desert, so my soul longs for God. The word thirsty is in the margin, as in Hebrew, weary. The idea is that of a land where, from its parched nature – its barrenness – its rocks – its heat – its desolation – one would be faint and weary on a journey.
Where no water is – No running streams; no gushing fountains; nothing to allay the thirst.
Albert Barnes 1798-1870

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