David wrote this when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
Verse 1 – O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
Verse 2 – So I have looked for You in the Sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.
verse 3 – Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
Verse 4 – Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
Verse 5 – My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
In 2 Samuel 15-18, David had been run out of the palace by his own son’s rebellion. Absalom had divided half the people against David to take over Israel. David fled with his wives to the wilderness in Judah. But look where his heart is set. He wanted God to know that even though he was at the lowest place in his life, God was the only one that he wanted to be close to. David praised God by telling Him exactly how he felt. Even though he needed God to change the situation, he started off with praise.
Why is it most of the time when we find ourselves in trouble we start our prayers with telling God all about the problem? He already knows the problem. When “Praises go up, blessings will come down.”
Verse 6 – When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
Worry, stress, and an illness can cause us to have restless, sleepless nights. I’ve found out down through the years if I lay in bed wondering what I’m going to do over a certain situation, I will continue to worry. However, the Lord has taught me instead of rehearsing and trying to figure out what I’m going to do, start remembering all the times God was faithful and delivered me, then I drift off to sleep. The Lord says He will keep us in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him (Isiah 26:3).
verse 7 – Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
Verse 8 – My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.
In God’s right hand is length of days for those who desire wisdom (Proverbs 3:16).
Verse 9 – But those who seek my life, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
Verse 10 – They shall fall by the sword; they shall be a portion for the jackals.
I think it’s ironic that David would say this knowing that it was his own son who wanted to kill him.
Verse 11 – But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him shall glory; but the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
Absalom had sat at the city gates and started making the decisions that the king should have been making. He told the people that David was weak and would not rule in their favor. Absalom’s lies were stopped when he was hanged by his own hair.
Behind every lie is deceit and envy and sometimes jealousy. Absalom wanted the people of Israel to think he was wiser than his father.