BY SEAN STANTON
David wrote this Psalm in the wilderness at a very low point in his life, yet despite the environment he was in, his appetite for God increased in that desolate, dry, lonely place.
If you’ve ever found yourself in a dry season, you’ll know what it feels like. None of us like the wilderness but this is where God often speaks the clearest. It was in the wilderness that He called Moses. It was in the wilderness that the word of God came to both Elijah and John the Baptist. Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, was driven into the wilderness and tempted by Satan.
The wilderness strips us of our defenses and reveals our vulnerability. It quiets us before God and makes us ready to hear Him, to do battle with ourselves, and with the devil.
David worshiped the Lord despite his circumstances, not because of them. He was able to do so because he had discovered God’s love.
“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 [because of who You are,] I will lift up my hands.” (Psalm 63:3–4 TNIV) This is worship at it’s purest.
Be encouraged if you find yourself in a wilderness season. After forty days in the wilderness, “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14 TNIV). How you respond to the Lord in the wilderness determines how you come out of the wilderness.