The Christian Longing to See God in His Temple
Psalm 63:2
To see your power and your glory, so as I have seen you in the sanctuary.

David's heart must have been in a happy state when he wrote this psalm. Note —

I. HOW HE SPEAKS OF GOD. "O God, Thou art my God." It tells of his great joy in God. And this when he was in great distress. So did our Lord on the cross call upon God, as, "My God, My God."

II. HOW HE SAYS HE WILL ACT TOWARDS GOD. "Early will I seek Thee." There shall be practical results from his calling God, his Go.d. These, often wanting. But had he not found Him already? Yes, but the more we have of God the more we desire. And he will seek Him early — in the first morning hour; and first of all, without waiting to seek others first, as we too often do.

III. HOW HE DESIRES GOD. "My soul thirsteth," etc. Only those who really know God can speak in this intense way. But they can and do.

IV. WHERE HE SEEKS GOD. "In a dry and," etc. There are places where we are tempted to sink down in wretchedness and despair. But not so David. God often sends His people to such dry places to quicken their thirst after Him.

V. WHAT HE SEEKS FROM GOD. "To see Thy power and," etc. We should have thought that deliverance from his troubles would have been the object of his prayer; but no, only that he may see God. And God's people do, often, now, in the sanctuary, behold God's power and glory. The Gospel preached, the sacraments we observe, all help herein. Oh, what blessedness this Gospel can give. But we shall never know it until we intensely desire it; until we seek early and thirst and long after God we shall not see Him. The psalm tells us that we may be happy, for God will abundantly satisfy the soul, and you shall feel that His lovingkindness is better than life.

(C. Bradley.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

WEB: So I have seen you in the sanctuary, watching your power and your glory.

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