“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water… Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you… On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” —Psalm 63:1,3,6
Time is measured by the revolution of the earth around the sun and the rotation of the earth around its axis. It is constant (at least until you approach the speed of light, which most of us never do). When we are young, time seems like it will last forever. Everything takes a long time. We can’t wait until we are old enough to ______ . But as we get older, time seems to go faster. Most of us have had the experience of thinking back on our lives and wondering where the time went. It’s almost as if we have lost time. It’s missing and we can’t make sense of how it could have slipped through our fingers so quickly.
Is there a remedy for this problem with time? Can we Christians experience the brevity of this life in a way that doesn’t bring that sense of loss?
I believe that David knew the answer to this riddle, and it is this: the human heart needs to be connected to something greater than itself. It needs intimacy with the infinite. David says in verse 1, “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” David is saying, “My entire being cries out for connection to God.” He says, “My soul needs transcendence like my body needs water.” It is as deep a longing as that.
Knowing the transcendent God is an end in itself. It is our highest priority. David says, “…your love is better than life.” If the reason we want to experience God is so that we’ll have the life we want to have here on earth, we will never know the transcendence of God or experience intimacy with the infinite. No, knowing God is an end in itself. Knowing his love and serving him and pleasing him are what it’s all about.
In Christ, knowing the transcendence of God is our right as his children. David says, “O God, you are my God,” and everything else in the entire psalm is predicated on that. He says, “Because you are my God, I want to know your love which is greater than life itself.” David is talking like a son. Sons don’t say, “Do I have a right to ask my father for something?” They just come right in.
Finally, we experience the transcendence of God as we meditate on our bed, remembering him at night… seeking him every morning. David says, “Earnestly I seek you.” Both day and night David reminds himself, “You are a son of God. You are an heir of eternity.” We can do the same today as David did; day and night reflecting on this thought: “God loved you so much that he died for you.”
As stewards of our time, it’s important for us to understand that Christ has connected our time to the eternal. Knowing God makes every moment transcendent. Knowing God makes every moment count.