1 O GOD, You are my God, [I worship you] early [earnestly] will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is in faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is. [as I would long for a stream in a scorching desert.]
2 So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.
3 Because Your loving-kindness is better than life [itself], my lips shall praise You. [Your love means more to me than life.]
4 So will I bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. [I will lift up Your name in the presence of all men.]
5 My soul [whole being] shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. [I will sing joyful praises and be filled with excitement like a guest at a banquet.]
6 When I remember You upon my bed and meditate on You in the night watches. [During the night, I am lost in thought meditating upon Your faithfulness and goodness to me.]
7 For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice [be glad]. [You have been my help day in, day out, and I will sing happy songs to You in the shadow of Your wings.] [Praise be to God who has delivered me from the devastating effects of sin and from death.]
8 My soul [whole being] follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me. [Your powerful arm supports me.]
9 But those who seek and demand my life to ruin and destroy it shall [themselves be destroyed and] go into the lower parts of the earth [into the underworld of the dead]. [The devil— the one who seeks my soul without relenting, accusing me day and night, waiting for my downfall.] [Deliver me from the evil one.]
10 They shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a prey for foxes and jackals.
11 But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him [that is, who binds himself by God’s authority, acknowledging His supremacy, and devoting himself to His glory and service alone; every such one] shall glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies shall be stopped.
A Psalm of David when he was in the desert of Judah—with personal added notations— Amplified Bible.
Okay… Let’s just be honest, whenever most people hear anything about religion, their first reaction and instinct is probably to cringe or brush off the whole matter entirely.
Why? Most likely because it is a subject that is associated with extreme cases of fanaticism, it brings about a lot of conflicts and controversies, and even offends easily.
Religion is famously known for: manipulation, stagnation, repression, ignorance, bigotry and is too often a threat to liberty. And rightly so. I do agree. With that said, I recommend you to read two of my posts as well as encourage you to do a personal, extensive, and honest research on your own regarding this matter. Why?
As intellectuals (critical thinkers), I believe we owe it to ourselves to interrogate, examine, and ask hard questions regarding matters touching on faith rather than choosing to ignore them or even worse— follow blind faith. Click here for the first post.
Who speaks the truth with regards to a genuine, sincere and true relationship with God? Is it Buddha? Muhammad? Jesus? Zoroaster? Confucius? Joseph Smith? Guru Nanak? Krishna? Among others? Find out on this second post:
My heart overflows with a goodly matter; I speak the things which I have made touching the king: My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Psalms 45:1
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