Study Guide – Psalm 63:1-5

Psalm 63-1-5

 

1 O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in your sanctuary
    and gazed upon your power and glory.
3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
5 You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise you with songs of joy. NLT

 

For years of his life, David was on the run. The ancient textual note associated with this psalm was written during a time when he was running for his life in the desert. Look at verse 1. Imagine being thirsty in a land that is parched. What would your body feel like? What would your mind be thinking? 

 

With this in mind, why does David use this analogy for how he feels about God in this moment of his life? 

 

Read verse 2. How does a prior experience with God give you a deepened thirst for God?

 

How is it possible for God's "unfailing love" to be better than life?

 

Look at David's words in verse 4. Give some examples of how a person could honor God as long as they live.

 

David was thirsty for God in verse 1. What analogy does he use in verse 5… and what does he mean by it?

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

At the end of verse 5 David responds to his soul's satisfaction with songs of praise. Take a moment to praise God (either through songs or another way that is on your heart).

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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