2009 Scripture Memory (11-12 of 24): PSALM 63:1-8
Sometimes the easiest thing to do in this spiritual life is to drop back from walking with God when things don’t seem as desperate or difficult as before. It’s so easy for me to cling to Him when times are trying and I’m fearful and uncertain about the future — undoubtedly this is due to having a trusting relationship with my own earthly father, thereby providing a model of how to love a heavenly One — but when life turns back around and the anxieties subside, I often realize that I’m not nearly as faithful in sitting at my Lord’s feet. I don’t want to be this woman, obviously, and I do try to guard against it, but sometimes I just wake and get moving in the morning without stopping for even a moment to thank God for what He is doing.
This past Sunday I sat down with intent to give some time to the Lord but found myself plagued by a million thoughts and no true desire to study or read or even offer up thoughtful prayer. I knew I was overwhelmed, that there was nothing of substance in my mind, and that I had little energy to offer, but I was determined to sit quietly and give Him that time. So I closed my eyes and began reciting the scripture passages I have been learning this year. I knew that my words would be ineffective and empty, but the Word of the Lord is never void. If nothing else, He would simply settle my mind with His thoughts. Then, at the end of my list of verses, I reviewed some of the references that I’ve been making notes about for future memorization, looking for the best passage to learn next. Psalm 63 could not have been a better choice for this time in my life. I need to remember that even when I don’t have inclination for worship, all I need to do is lift my hands and tell that to the Lord. All I need to do is remember Who He is. And that is all He asks of me, anyway.
[P.S. I’m quite partial to the last two verses here. My life verse is Psalm 91:1, so I’m always thankful for the imagery of His shadow. Not to mention His “right hand”, where Jesus is.]
O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 63:1-8 (NIV)