Psalm 63

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

1 O God, you are my God,
.....earnestly I seek you; soul thirsts for you, body longs for you, a dry and weary land
.....where there is no water.
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary
.....and beheld your power and your glory.
3 Because your love is better than life, lips will glorify you.
4 I will praise you as long as I live,
.....and in your name I will lift up my hands.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
.....with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you;
.....I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help,
.....I sing in the shadow of your wings.
8 My soul clings to you;
.....your right hand upholds me.

9 They who seek my life will be destroyed;
.....they will go down to the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the sword
.....and become food for jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
.....all who swear by God's name will praise him,
.....while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

I came across this psalm several days ago when I was browsing through the psalms and fell in love with it. I did a basic analysis of it and see that it breaks into 3 stanzas. The first on "O God", the second "my soul" and the third "they who seek my life". The second stanza is a response to the first, and the third an antithesis of the first two. Just that I am not sure yet what verse 11 is all about.

Picture by Luc Sesselle

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6 comment(s)

  1. Hi Maeghan,

    This is a good one for sure. I saw a couple of suggestions that David is probably talking about himself in the 3rd person in that last verse.

    The blogger will sign off now.

  2. Psalm 63 is one of my favorites. We used to sing a worship song at my old church that had these words as the lyrics. I still sing it.

  3. Julia,
    Possible ... I have yet to check it out yet.

  4. Natty,
    Which song is that? How does the song start, lyric-wise?

  5. Hey just ran across your blog while I was searching for psalms 63...i recently put this psalm to can check it out here:


  6. Hi Cristin,
    Thanks for dropping in and leaving me a message :) I am in the process of loading your song but it seem to be taking some time here though - and it does not seem to be loading. I will try it later.

    God bless!
    pearlie aka maeghan