O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You (Psalm 63:3). We sing to our God because he pours out His lovingkindness to us. Yet we know that no lifting of our hands will be enough, we know that no praise can define God, no thought can contain all that He is (verse 1). Our souls thirst for God, for just a glimpse of the greatness of all that He is.
This song does a great job in pointing out the greatness of the God we serve, the vastness of His strength and power. God is greater than anything we can imagine – than any power – than any song – than any light – than any evil. There is no one like our God. No other one is holy, no other one is high and lifted up (verse 2). It is only because of the truths about God laid out in the verses that we can proclaim the words of the chorus. “God, You are my God – glorious – glorious. God, You are my God – victorious – victorious.”
Christ was victorious over sin and death on Easter morning many years ago. By the grace of God that redemption still holds true for those who believe in Christ and trust Him as Lord and Savior. From the dawn of time Christ has reigned and He will continue to reign to the end of days (bridge). Through all of history, Christ has been redeeming mankind from its fallenness. He has been and continues to mediate between man and God. We have a reason to sing because we are washed clean with the blood of Jesus. God is a God that is for His people, a God that risked everything to save His broken and lost creation.