The first five verses of Psalm 63 teach how expressed praise releases the blessing of praise. Notice that this is not a silent prayer: “My mouth shall praise You with joyful lips” (v. 5). And the fruit of this praise is obvious: “God, You are my God”—affirmed relationship; “early will I seek You”—clear priorities; “my flesh longs for You”—deep intensity; “I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and your glory” —worshiping together with God’s people; “because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You”—appropriate gratitude.
This release of praise all begins with a genuine hunger and thirst for God Himself. Our pursuit of Him delivers to us a vision of the power of God in the sanctuary, which is just another dimension of His power in the wilderness. When we seek Him, we find and experience more than just power. We receive His love. It is His love which makes any life worth living. So praise Him with joyful lips!