by Bro. Bennie Tomberlin
The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying,
“If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
He is not that kind of king. He did not come to save himself. Praise be to God. Jesus came to give his life as a ransom for many (Mat. 20:28).
He did not appear to save himself
that is clear to see.
Strange to our ears and veiled to our eyes
this King is deity.
He could have beckoned legions
to save his wearied life,
But had he escaped his captor’s clutches
we’d remain victims of cosmic strife.
No, he is not the kind of king,
who his own life would save.
He is the King immortal, invisible,
who in great humiliation,
took on frail human flesh
that we, to his glory, should be his prize.
Psalm 63 is a song from the wilderness, perhaps when David was on the run from his adversaries and he finds himself needing God more than anything. He says as much in the first verse, “earnestly I seek you… as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Maybe he wasn’t being pursued; perhaps he was retreating to the wilderness merely to pray, to write, to do whatever necessary to see God and to hear his voice. Most likely, there was a trial behind the insatiable longing for God. This it seems is the way God in His wisdom has put us together. Certainly it is the way the fall has affected us. When all is well we tend many times, after a while, to drift, to leak, to wander in our heats from our Lord. It is the sobering reminder that a trial provides that shakes and awakes us to the reality that we are not God, and we desperately need Him wherein we cry, “O, God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You; as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Praise Him. We know more than water is needed for our cleansing, and God has graciously provided more. There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins and sinners, yes sinners, plunged beneath its flood lose all there guilty stains. “On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleaness… They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, “The are my people; and they will say, “The Lord is my God.” Zechariah 13:1,9b
Michael Card is a prolific and accomplished theologian, musician, and songwriter. His song In the Wilderness came to mind this morning as I read this psalm. I encourage you to listen and become familiar with his work.