Praying Psalm 63

Psalm 63 (NIV, 1984) is one of my favorite psalms—but only the first eight verses. I must admit I stop reading there. I have memorized these verses and often make them my prayer or my meditation. For me, this psalm contains and highlights the goodness of God and helps me focus on him rather than on myself or my problems. I hope you find this psalm as inspiring as I have.

“O God, you are my God.” Only you are my God, not money or fame or any of the glittering idols this world offers. Help me be more single-minded in my devotion to you.

“Earnestly I seek you.” Help me desire and seek you more than anything my fickle heart wants.

“My soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.” I need and enjoy you. Please give me a stronger desire to spend time with you in prayer and in your Word and remind me simply to enjoy your presence.

“In a dry and weary land where there is no water.” This world is like a dried up leaf, in great need of your healing, soothing balm. I get dry too; lead me to the river of your Spirit and quench my thirst.

“I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.” When I look at the moon and stars and gaze on the beauties of nature, I am in awe of your majesty, power and glory.

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” Nothing is better or stronger than your unconditional love. I have experienced your love and grace and know you will never leave me or stop loving me.

“I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” You deserve continual praise; I lift up my face to receive your blessings and lift my hands in surrender to your love.

“My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” You and your goodness are a feast for my weary soul; you fill me up with heavenly delights and satisfy me as only you can—with yourself.

“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” You watch over me as I sleep; when I awake, you are there. I am always in your tender loving care and feel your loving kiss on my cheek as you sing me back to sleep.

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” I have nothing to fear from my safe place near your heart.

“My soul clings to you.” I hold on as tightly as I can. Help me never let you go.

“Your right hand upholds me.” Thank you for holding me with the ferocious love that went to the cross for me. Amen.

Author: ttkach

Writer, cyclist, paper-crafter, mom, gardener.

4 thoughts on “Praying Psalm 63”

  1. Dear Mr. Tkach.

    Thank you so much for this Psalm, I , too, like it very much. It will lull me to sleep.
    I had the TV on about a man who took some kids camping, they were all together from their church on a trip. He asked them all what was their favorite book in the Bible and they told him but could not tell him what the book they liked was about as a story so another time he told them about the Love of Hosea. I fell asleep and missed most of it so will play it again tomorrow after church. I liked the book, too. I am eager to play it after I get back from church tomorrow and learn more about Hosea. The story he tells is played like a movie.
    So, how cool was it to at that point, get this message from you. Thank you so much. I am hungry for God’s Word in a different way because we have not been able to go to church for 3 weeks because of snow and I am so eager to get there tomorrow. Wish it were our potluck week and we could have a Bible study after. Our minister is so good teaching us many wonderful lessons.
    God bless all His ministers and bless you for this special message at a very important and nice time. So, I have read this as a special goodnight to God and go to sleep and sleep well.

    LOVE to All,
    Phyllis Rose

  2. Thank you so much for this message at this special time. I had been asleep and woke up and my computer was on and I received the email. I had been watching a movie of a story about the Love of Hosea and missed most of it so will have to play it again tomorrow after church. Church will be special because we have missed 3 weeks in a row because of snow. Horrible!!!
    Am so eager to get there tomorrow. Wish it were pot luck when we could have Bible Study afterwards.

  3. HI again Tammy, sorry had this addressed to Mr. Tkach. I saw ttkach on it but tough to it like the things he sent our a while back and glad to hear. I ant to get back to your Connections – am taking writing classes and may go a while. Computer has been sick after my move.
    LOVE & PRAYERS
    Phyllis

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