The Psalms

Psalm 63

David's thirst for God, 1-3. His manner of blessing God, 4-8. His confidence of his enemies' destruction and of his own safety, 9-11.

1 [A Psalm of David: when he was in the wilderness of Judah.]

O God, you are my God./
Early I will seek you./
My soul thirsts for you./
My flesh longs for you/
in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.

Thus I have seen you in the sanctuary,/
seeing your power and your glory.

Because your loving-kindness is better than life,/
my lips shall praise you.

Thus I will bless you while I live./
I will lift up my hands in your name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,/
and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,

When I remember you upon my bed/
and meditate on you in the night watches.

Because you have been my help,/
therefore in the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.

My soul follows hard after you./
Your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek my soul to destroy it/
shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

10 They shall fall by the sword./
They shall be a portion for foxes.

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.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 63[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

The following psalm cannot so properly be said to consist of prayers as of a variety of pious meditations, which comforted the mind of David under dangers, anxieties, and troubles of a severe description. It contains the vows too which he made to God in the distress occasioned by the alarming circumstances in which he was placed.