Sunday, May 7, 2023

A Purposed Life

 Temple Baptist Church - 5-7-2023

Psalm 63


Introduction:  One of the best ways to study a context is to outline it.  Here is my outline on Psalm 63.


A.  The history of Psalm 63. “A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.”  This is another of the psalms written either while David was hiding from King Saul or Absalom in the wilderness of Judah.  It was a favorite hiding place for David because of its vastness and its barrenness. 


The wilderness of Judah is the whole wilderness towards the east of the tribe of Judah, bounded on the north by the tribe of Benjamin, stretching, southward to the south-west end of the Dead Sea, eastward to the Dead Sea and the Jordan, and westward to the mountains of Judah.


B.  Though David suffered much in his life, his suffering did nothing to define his person.  It seems that David spent about as much time running as he did ruling!  NEVER let your troubles define your life, let your life define your troubles.  Walk with God in the midst of the storms.


C.  Though David failed God at times, his failures did not define his purpose. 


1.  NEVER let your failures define your life.  Let your failures be stepping blocks to success in life.  Get up out of the dust and dirt and keep walking with God. 


2.  Despite the greatness of his sins, David became the man “after mine own heart, which shall fill all my will” and established the Everlasting Throne that Christ would one day sit upon. (Acts 13:22)


Luke 1:32  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:


D.  The outline: David’s Purposing: 


1.  To Seek God.  Verse 1.  God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.


a.  To seek his God. “O God, thou art my God”


b.  To seek his God early. “early will I seek thee”


c.  To seek God fervently. “my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”


2.  To See God.  Verse 2.   Matthew 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.



a.  He Remembered God’s Power.  “To see thy power”


b.  He Remembered God’s Person.  “and thy glory”


c.  He Remembered God’s Place.  “so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.”  He remembered the good times.


3.  To Praise God.  Verses 3-4. 


a.  With his Lips.  “my lips shall praise thee.”


b.  With his Life.  “Thus will I bless thee while I live”


4.  To Be Satisfied.  Verses 5-7.


a.  With His Provision. “as with marrow and fatness”  In trouble as well as the good times.


b.  With His Peace. “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” 


c.  With His Position. “therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.”


5.  To trust God.  Verses 8-11.


a.  With His Problems.  “My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.”


b.  With His Protection.   “But those that 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.”


c.  With His Providence.  “But the king shall rejoice in God”  David looked beyond his present predicament to the days when he would be once again restored to power.

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