Psalm 63 (62 in the Latin) is attributed to King David and is a heartfelt expression of his deep longing for God’s presence and his trust in God’s protection and provision. This psalm is classified as a “psalm of lament” or a “psalm of longing.”

The psalm begins with David expressing his intense thirst and longing for God. He compares this longing to a physical thirst in a dry and weary land where water is scarce. This imagery conveys his spiritual yearning for communion with God. David speaks of his experience of encountering God in the sanctuary and beholding His power and glory. This encounter brings him a sense of spiritual satisfaction and contentment that surpasses any earthly pleasures.

Amidst challenging circumstances, David expresses his trust in God’s protective care. He acknowledges that God has been his help and refuge, even in difficult times. This trust enables him to find rest and peace in God’s presence. David’s response to God’s goodness is praise. He lifts up his hands and offers blessing to God. This part of the psalm helps us to see the importance of gratitude and recognizing God’s faithfulness.

In the latter part of the psalm, David expresses his confidence that those who seek to harm him will be defeated by God’s intervention. He envisions their downfall and destruction, contrasting it with his own trust in God’s protection.

The psalm ends with a reflection on God’s steadfast love and a declaration of David’s commitment to praising and honouring God throughout his life.

In challenging times do we trust in God’s protection, finding rest and peace in His presence like King David did? When faced with troubles, do we respond with praise and gratitude, acknowledging God’s faithfulness? David demonstrated confidence in God’s intervention against those who opposed him. How do we react when others criticise us?

May we always reflect on God’s steadfast love and commit to a life of praising and honouring God no matter what our challenges may be.

May God bless you +

Fr. Charles

28 August 2023, St. Hermes