1 Lord, thee my God, I'll early seek:
The Righteous One finding water-springs in God
Driven into the wilderness through the ambition and treachery of Absalom, his son, David reveals the great longing and desire in his heart for the means of grace. To be denied the society of the godly in worship and fellowship was worse than his wilderness surroundings. Soul thirst, on occasions, can be more acute than the thirst of the body.
It is when we are denied the ordinances of God’s house and godly company, that then we realise what past blessings we have enjoyed. But it also tests our spirituality, in that, whether we can praise Him and intensely desire Him in barren circumstances. Can we banquet on fatness when surrounded by the leanness of conditions? The last verse embraces the Messiah King, and thus the sentiments of the whole psalm can be ascribed to Christ. Chrysostom wrote that no day passed in the early church without the singing of this psalm.