So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. - King David Ps 63:2
What image is conjured up in our minds when we think of a place of worship:
An auditorium or stadium filled with 100's or 1000's of like minded people singing and dancing.
A tight band accompanied by professional pitch perfect singers.
A visual display enhanced by smoke machines, LED lights, video screens and moving gobo's.
Maybe so....but King David found himself almost as far away from that scene as he possibly could when he penned this song known as Psalm 63.
Singing this song he found himself in the wilderness of Judah. Possibly running for his life from Absalom, in fear of his very life. But David did not stop singing because he was in the wilderness, but he worshipped His God in his present circumstances.
"There was no desert in his heart, though there was a desert around him. We too may expect to be cast into rough places ere we go hence. In such seasons, may the Eternal Comforter abide with us, and cause us to bless the Lord at all times, making even the solitary place to become a temple for Jehovah." - The Treasury of DavidHis natural hunger and thirst reminded him of his desperate need for God.
His parched lips were used to speak praises to his God.
His sleepless hours became glorious times of reflection on his saviour.
Until we have found this place of worship maybe we have never really worshipped at all.