Written by: Tim Wood

A Psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah

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.      (Psalm 63:3-5)

Remember that David is the desert because of his son’s rebellion. He’s most likely confused and afraid. He’s probably filled with paranoia. So what does he do?  Last week we saw that he seeks the Lord’s glory and power.  This week we see that David begins to praise the Lord. Even in the middle of the desert we can praise the Lord, just like David.  What are the elements of praising God?

Valuing – (v.3) in verse 3 he’s moving from recalling the power and glory of God to valuing it. “Your love is better than life” “It’s better than life”.  He’s treasuring the Lord. David is not just saying something about God; he’s putting a value on God. For example; God’s power.  In verse 2 he says, “I beheld your power.” Valuing God’s power says, “Since you are powerful I don’t need to be afraid. You’re power is better than life.  In valuing the Lord he’s saying…Since you are powerful, why I am afraid? Why am I worried?  That’s better than my life. Because God loves me I don’t need to be ashamed or guilty. You’re love is better than life.  Part of praise is to appraise. I’m appraising the value of God’s character and when I do, He is better than life.

Expressing – (v. 4-5). David talks about glorifying God with his words. Singing praises and lifting his hands in his name.  When you treasure something, it creates a joy you can’t get at until you get it out, until you express it.  C. S. Lewis wrote, “The most obvious fact about praise had escaped me. I thought of praise as compliments and as approval. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise. The world rings with praise … lovers praising their mistresses, readers praising their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside. But here’s what my mistake was. We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise does not merely express but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliments that lovers keep telling each other how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it’s expressed. Fully to enjoy is to glorify, and so in commanding us to glorify him, God is simply inviting us to enjoy him.”

Being satisfied – (v.5) David’s soul is satisfied because he’s experiencing God, like tasting rich food. No one wipes chocolate on their arm and says, “Isn’t this good?” NO.  We taste it and enjoy it and it satisfies our whole being.

David praised God in the desert by valuing him – He’s better than life. By expressing his praise – he got at the joy of God by getting out the joy God. This lead to deep soul satisfaction in David’s life and it will do the same for us.

Lord, our soul finds satisfaction in worshiping you.