Perceive: This Psalm was written by David when he was in the wilderness. At least twice in his life, he spent time in the rough country during a coarser period. Once was after fleeing from Saul and the other was after fleeing from Absalom. The psalm has three main sections: he seeks and praises God (1-5), he remembers and meditates regarding how God acts on his behalf (6-8), and he expresses confidence in how God acts toward his enemies (9-11). The dessert can be a dry and lonely place especially if you are hiding from danger and possible death.
Practice: Anytime we are in a wilderness walk, we need to sense God’s presence, power, protection, and provision. Sometimes we seek to quench our thirst or numb our loneliness with the wrong thing; sometimes these things become idols and have severe consequences. No matter what time we find ourselves in the dessert, we should desire to be with the Lord because only He fully satisfies. Jesus said, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14).
Pray: O Lord, I lift up my hands in Your name. I am in dry and lonely place, come to my aid, quench my thirst with your living water. Help me see You in my daily circumstance.