Psalm 63 – Study Questions

1. What words express David’s heart desires (vs. 1 & 8)?

2. What does David want to see concerning God (vs.2)?

3. What reason does David give for this desire (vs.3)?

4. How does David respond to who God is (vs.4)?

5. When will David be satisfied and praise God (vs.5-6)?

6. What reason does David give for this? (vs7)?

7. How does David view his enemies (vs.9-10)?

8. What is David’s conclusion (vs.11) ?

Application:

1. What do we learn about God in this Psalm?

2. What do we learn about praise from this Psalm?

3. Is there a lesson for you in this Psalm?

Psalms 62, and 63 compared.  “ONLY AND EARLY.  There is a sweet and profitable lesson taught us in Psalms 62 and 63.  The heart is ever prone to divide its confidence between God and the creature.  This will never do.  We must ‘wait only upon God.’ ‘He only’ must be our ‘rock,’ our “salvation,” and our ‘defense.’  Then we are frequently tempted to look to an arm of flesh first, and when that fails us, we look to God.  This will never do either.  He must be our first as well as our only resource.  ‘O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee.’ This is the way in which the heart should ever treat the blessed God.  This is the lesson of Psalm 63.  When we have learnt the blessedness of seeking God ‘only,’ we shall be sure to seek him ‘early.’” Charles Mackintosh, in “Things New and Old,” 1858

Verse 2.  “To see thy power and thy glory-in the sanctuary.] In his public ordinances God had often showed his power in the judgments he executed, in the terror he impressed, and in awakening the sinful; and his glory in delivering the tempted, succouring the distressed, and diffusing peace and pardon through the hearts of his followers. God shows his power and glory in his ordinances; therefore public worship should never be neglected. We must see God, says the old Psalter, that he may see us. In his temple he dispenses his choicest blessings.” Adam Clarke

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