“Refuge In A Desert” (Psalm 63: 1, ESV) by Carley Evans


Life here on earth is often like life in the desert — a life without water, without shelter, without the company of friends. David sings to God, “My soul thirsts for You, my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Despite this desert surrounding him, David beholds God’s power and glory. He sings, “Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You.” (Psalm 63: 3)

He claims that he will be satisfied as “with fat and rich food.” (Psalm 63: 5) His satisfaction comes as he “meditates on [God] in the watches of the night” or “looks upon [God] in the sanctuary.” (Psalm 63: 6, 2)

David is able to stand in the desert because God is his help, and “in the shadow of [His] wings, [he] sings for joy.” (Psalm 63: 7)

God’s right hand grasps David, holding him steady in the heat, weariness, and dryness of life.

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62: 5 – 8)