A psalm of David, when [he] was in the wilderness of Judah.

Longing for God

1 O God, you [are] my God; I will seek you diligently. My soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you [as] in a dry and weary land without water.

References for Psalms 63:1

    • a 63:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
      2 Thus I have seen you in the sanctuary, beholding your strength and glory.
      3 Because your loyal love [is] better than life, my lips will praise you.
      4 So I will bless you while I live. I will lift up my {hands} in your name.

      References for Psalms 63:4

        • b 63:4 - Hebrew "palms"
          5 My soul will be satisfied [as with the] best and richest [food], and [with] joyful lips my mouth will praise.
          6 When I remember you on my bed, I meditate on you in [the] night watches.
          7 Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.

          References for Psalms 63:7

            • c 63:7 - Hebrew "and"
              8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

              References for Psalms 63:8

                • d 63:8 - Or "follows hard after"
                  9 But as for them [who] seek my life for ruin, they will go into the depths of the earth.
                  10 They [who] would {deliver him to the sword} will become a portion for jackals.

                  References for Psalms 63:10

                    • e 63:10 - Literally "pour him out to the hands of the sword"
                      11 However, the king will rejoice in God. Everyone who swears an oath by him will boast, because [the] mouth of [the] liars will be stopped.