Sunday, 12 July 2015

Pondering the Psalms - Psalm 63


Each Sunday I am going to choose a Psalm and write down some brief thoughts on  it.


Today I'm looking at Psalm 63 

This has long been one of my favourites and I remember learning a song based on verses 3 & 4 of this Psalm when I was a teenager.


While I was contemplating which Psalm I would put up for today's post I had a phone call from my son who is a Pastor in the Apostolic Church, UK.  He had rung to tell me that Pastor Hugh Mitchell had died this week.

During the past year we had all been very happy to hear that Pastor Mitchell had celebrated his 100th birthday and had been well enough to write a thank you letter to our church for the card we had sent him.


So why am I sharing this here?

Because it led me to choose Psalm 63 for today's post.

Pastor Hugh Mitchell was the writer of that song I mentioned above.

The song is entitled   "Thy Loving Kindness is Better than Life"



Looking at Psalm 63 v 1 - 8

This Psalm is about the Psalmist and his reaction to God:

V. 1-2
the Psalmist is seeking God earnestly
and he knows he has found God;
he has seen God's Power and Glory


V. 3-4
the Psalmist recognises the loving kindness of God
and how great it is;
his response is to praise, bless and adore God




V. 5-8
the Psalmist is joyful in his praise
which comes from fixing his attention on God;
recognizing God's help
and being secure in God's Hands.



There had to be a specific word used in this Psalm to express exactly what 
the Psalmist wanted to say


Lovingkindness


Go great and special was the character of God that the Psalmist wanted to picture for us.


Have you experienced God's Lovingkindness?

Do you think it is better than life?

Do you want to Bless God because of your relationship with Him?




Perhaps you know this simple but profound song




If you know this song or have heard of Hugh Mitchell then you might like to read this tribute to him.

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8 comments:

  1. Great word! I am always so encouraged by these!

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  2. God's lovingkindness is better than life. Blessed by the reminder today!

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  3. Hi Sandra! Lovingkindness what a great word to be reminded of. I remember singing this little song in chapel my first year of teaching. Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

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  4. What a sweet visit for Spiritual Sunday. We used to sing that hymn often when I was going to a Calvary Chapel in Southern California. Brings back such sweet memories of friends, sweet spiritual growth, and more! Thank you! :)

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  5. Simply beautiful, Sandra. Thank you! God has been oh-so-kind to me lately and I don't take it for granted.

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  6. Sandra,
    Love this - and it's great how God leads us to the right Scripture for our lives.
    Blessings,
    Janis

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  7. I have experienced God's lovingkindness and it is freely given and full of grace and love. Beautiful words to remind us how God extends to us such love and how we should praise Him for this gift. Blessed you shared this at The Weekend Brew.

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  8. So sweet! Amazing how the Lord uses people to spread His Word and instill it in us :) Blessings!

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