In the Wastelands?

Psalm 63: 1

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

…”I have seen You in Your sanctuary and gazed upon Your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself. How I praise You. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise You with songs of joy.” Ps. 63: 2, 3, 5.

David was living in the desert, hiding from enemies and finding himself in a spiritual wasteland, separated from God’s people and the sanctuary. Can you identify? Have you been there? In a spiritual wasteland, hiding from enemies, as David was?

Maybe it was a wilderness of darkness while attempting to hide your sins? Maybe it was a parched wilderness of rebellion, fear and selfish pursuits? It’s in the wilderness, the alone moments, those moments that we see the emptiness of ourselves, that we have time to think, to remember, to ponder. David had time to reflect, remembering that he had found God to be present in His sanctuary and He knew that the highest quality of life was found in a relationship with God and so He praised Him right there in the emptiness of it all, with songs of joy! God meets the weariness and quenches the thirst of the down and out. He brings light into the darkness and Hope into the hopeless! He knew God’s protection, care and consistent love even in the wastelands, for even the wastelands and wilderness become His sanctuary and our protection when we choose to meet Him there.