From Phil Kim
Psalm 63 reminds me of a trip to Jordan several years ago, when I visited Petra, an ancient city cut out of rose-colored stone. The weather forecast that day was like most summer days for that region: sunny, dry, and a temperature in the low 100s F (40s C). So as I prepared for my day-long trek, I knew I had to take enough water to keep me hydrated and out of trouble. I stuffed my backpack with two large bottles and began my journey into the Siq, the narrow gorge that takes visitors from the entrance into the center of Petra. Although I told myself I needed to ration my water for the entire day trip, the heat forced me to drink quite a bit. As I continued my walk, I started to speculate: what if I run out of water? In this ancient city, there were no drinking fountains or kiosks to buy anything. My own mouth was parched dry throughout the day. My thirst could not be fully quenched despite my frequent glugs from the water bottle. This memory helps me wonder about the circumstances surrounding David’s own predicament when he wrote, “my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).
Eventually, I made it to the end of the Siq, where it opened up magnificently to the Treasury, a tomb with a columned facade carved out of the stone eight stories tall and over 100 feet wide. I stood off to the side in the shade and marveled at the craftsmanship of the people who built this structure many centuries ago. Tourists came from all over the world that day to make the same trek I did to experience this ancient wonder. However, this must pale in comparison to what David described as something even more magnificent “as he looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory” (v2). I look forward to the day when we will be in this sanctuary of our Lord and Savior and sing praises just as David did with his joyful lips and lifted hands (v3-5).
I study and teach how companies start, grow, and innovate. A wonderful day off would be to visit a Farmer’s Market for supplies to cook dinner for my amazing wife and three beautiful children.