Psalm 63 is short—only 11 verses—but there is so much confidence and relationship captured in the chapter. The author, David, starts out by making a very personal claim: You are my God. “My” denotes possession. There’s no doubt in David’s mind that God is ever with and for him. David knows that even if everyone else abandons him, God will not. David knows that God is able to meet his every need. We see this belief in the series of actions: I seek you, I thirst for you, I long for you. David might be in a dismal, lonely, seemingly hopeless life-place, but remembering and leaning toward his God keeps despondency at bay.
I witnessed this earnest seeking of God the last three weeks of my mother’s life. Her time in the hospital was a dry, parched land without water, but her whole being knew God held her fast. Her faith never wavered. I sought Him, too, as the minutes approached her graduation to Glory. I can say without reservation, without hesitation, without doubt…He is my God and He will sustain me. And guess what? That same confidence and relationship David and my mother experienced with God can be experienced by any person who seeks, thirsts, and longs for Him. Reach out. He’ll hold you fast.