Psalms 63:1
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1  A psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Yehuda.

miz-MOR l’-da-VID bih-yo-TO b’-mid-BAR y’-hu-DAH

א  מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד בִּהְיוֹתוֹ בְּמִדְבַּר יְהוּדָה׃

 63:1   Wilderness of Yehuda

The beautiful colors of the Judean desert.

Fleeing from Shaul, David goes south to the wilderness of Yehuda, where he quickly needs to contend with a scarcity of water. The Judean desert is unique due to its proximity to the Jerusalem mountains which receive ample rainfall; within a few kilometers, the amount of rain decreases dramatically as a result of a geological phenomenon called a “rain shadow desert.” The clouds drifting westward across Eretz Yisrael from the Mediterranean Sea rise and cool, bringing rain over the Judean Hills and Yerushalayim. Then, as they continue east over the Judean desert, the clouds dissipate due to the extreme drop of almost a thousand meters within a short distance, condensing again and beginning to give significant rain only when they reach the mountains of Jordan. This psalm, therefore, begins with a focus on thirst. He experiences physical desire for water in “a parched and thirsty land,” but more significantly, a spiritual yearning for Hashem’s presence, which he describes with the phrase, “my soul thirsts for You” (verse 2). David recognizes the threat of scarcity of water, but says it pales in comparison to the absence of God’s presence.

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  • David, running for his life from Saul, he realizes the lack of water. David is not only thirsty from his never ending running from Saul, but he is thirsty in his soul, his spirit from the presence of God. My soul thirsts for you ole Lord thy God David proclaims.
    The Judean desert is a strange and unique place. Some parts so dry and ready to kill those who are not prepared to journey through it. David understands how the lack of water can and will kill the physical body. However the lack of the presence of God, How could one survive without the presence of God in ones life. Especially since you have experience His presence all along the journey of your life. David feels so lost and the feeling of emptiness in him is just to much for his soul to bare.

    I can imagine that David being on the run, being so very thirsty, sore, so worn out and desperate. Then to feel the emptiness of the very presence of God who David loves so very much. David does not realize that God never leaves his children. There will be times of testing and we will feel the loss of him around us and in us. That is when we need to remember that Father is still there. We need to remember to pray to him. Glorify his name. If we sin, which we do, do, instead of moving away from Him, we need to grow closer to him. Yes we are ashamed, we should be. Nevertheless we need to go to him, confess to him. Remember if we are really sorry God will Forgive. David Knew this. But at times like this, David really missed God. When you love God such as David did, His whole self,body and soul felt the loss so great. Carl

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