1. Soul Satisfaction

Psalm 63

All humans hunger and thirst for more than just food and water. In other words, all humans worship. Whatever we think will satisfy our hunger and thirst eventually becomes the object of our worship. Many of us want to worship God and God alone, but we wonder if God can satisfy us completely. At times we may feel unsure of his presence or his intentions, especially when life is difficult or the world seems dangerous and chaotic.

Group Discussion. A popular advertising campaign for a soda drink declared, "Obey your thirst." What recent advertisements cause you to thirst or hunger for something you may or may not need?

Personal Reflection. Have you moved from simply hearing about God to seeing his power, goodness and lovingkindness for yourself? Recall one or more times in worship when you have seen these aspects of God.

In this study, we will learn from King David what catalyzes and sustains soul-satisfying worship. Read Psalm 63.

  1. Tradition maintains that David wrote this psalm while fleeing Jerusalem because his son Absalom conspired against him to take over the kingship. What do you notice about David's state as he calls on God?
    1. What progression does he make from the beginning to the ending of his prayer?
  2. Think of a time when you were this thirsty spiritually. How did you try to fill your sense of need?
  3. Based on what David says in the psalm, how would you describe his relationship with and experience of God?
  4. What does David know about God that helps him to worship God even in such a dire situation (note especially verses 3 and 7)?
  5. David's experience of God's love directly affects his commitment to worship God, which he determines to do for the rest of his life (v. 4). In your own life, how have you seen the connection between experiencing God's love and your worship of God?
  6. What experiences with God from his past might David be remembering in verse 6?
    1. What personal experiences with God might you remember to catalyze and sustain your worship, particularly in tough times?
  7. What does David realize about himself, his enemies and God as he worships?
  8. Note that the word soul appears three times in this psalm (vv 1, 5, 8). David says his soul thirsts, will be satisfied and clings to God. How does worshiping God satisfy David's soul?
  9. How might David's reasons for worshiping influence your own?
  10. Where have you been experiencing dissatisfaction in your life lately?
    1. After studying this psalm, what will you do differently in your search for satisfaction?

Take time now to express to God any areas of dissatisfaction in your life, and ask him to fill you up. End by telling God why you worship him. Try to be as specific as David is.

Now or Later

Knowing, experiencing and remembering God's love are crucial to finding our satisfaction in God. Determine this week to notice God's better-than-life love. When you see examples of his love (in the Word, in an answered prayer, through another person, through a surprise, in nature or a piece of art) write them down and thank God for them (in other words, worship).