Psalm 63 and Seeking God

topicThere are times when people seek God in their lives. There are times when questions start to flow and people wonder if God exists, and if so, is God interested in us.

Then there are times when people become radically desperate for God. That is what Psalm 62 is about, being so desperate for God that no one and nothing else will do:

Only in God do I find rest;
    my salvation comes from him.
Only God is my rock and my salvation—
    my stronghold!—I won’t be shaken anymore.

How long will all of you attack others;
    how long will you tear them down
    as if they were leaning walls or broken-down fences?
The only desire of this people
    is to bring others down low;
    they delight in deception.
With their mouths they bless,
    but inside they are cursing.    Selah

Oh, I must find rest in God only,
    because my hope comes from him!
Only God is my rock and my salvation—
    my stronghold!—I will not be shaken.
My deliverance and glory depend on God.
    God is my strong rock.
    My refuge is in God.
All you people: Trust in him at all times!
    Pour out your hearts before him!
    God is our refuge!    Selah

Human beings are nothing but a breath.
    Human beings are nothing but lies.
    They don’t even register on a scale;
    taken all together they are lighter than a breath!
10 Don’t trust in violence;
    don’t set false hopes in robbery.
When wealth bears fruit,
    don’t set your heart on it.
11 God has spoken one thing—
    make it two things—
    that I myself have heard:
    that strength belongs to God,
12     and faithful love comes from you, my Lord—
    and that you will repay
    everyone according to their deeds.

Truth be told, we all have a God-shaped whole in our souls. This was superbly explained by St. Augustine when he wrote in Confessions, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” When we realize that all we could ever want in life is in God, then this psalm seems most appropriate and a good way to summarize our feelings.

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