David was searching for God. He needed a sign, something to comfort him. He used the word “thirst” indicating he was parched; he needed God to refresh him. Have you ever been there? Are you there right now? If so, search for God, cry out to Him. Then, David reminds himself that he has seen God in the good times and knows just how real and comforting God is. He admits that God’s love is better than life itself. Then, in verse four David says he will praise God as long as he lives, lifting his hands in prayer. Reading this gives me a refreshing sense of hope. God knows how I feel, God knows where I am, God loves me and I can be refreshed by coming into His presence in prayer. In verse seven, David describes singing for joy in the shadow of God’s wings. Being in the shadow of God’s wings is a metaphor for being under God’s protection.
David’s Psalm is so comforting and powerful that the early church read it every day during their public prayers. It reminded them that even as they were being persecuted and suffering, God was with them. My prayer is that this Psalm will speak to your soul like it does mine. Find this Psalm in your Bible and highlight the words and sentences that refresh you today. Then make it your prayer by reading it aloud back to God. Be encouraged, God is with you regardless of what dessert you feel like you are in right now. Just find your way to the foot of the Cross and worship. Let God fill your cup and refresh your soul.