Many are intrigued by spiritual experiences. There are numerous books and websites on this subject. They could be on different forms of awakening, Zen, meditation, or other aspects. Why are we interested?
For Christians, the center of spiritual experience is God. But we cannot find God. Only God could reach out to us. Yet we seek Him because He has put such an urge in us. The desire is a blessing. To a certain extent, this desire shows His presence.
What are some marks of deep spiritual experience? David was a man after God’s heart. 1 Samuel 13:14. Let’s learn from him.
David wrote Psalm 63 when he was in a desert, in a dry and parched land where there was no water. V1.
In Psalm 63, David started off addressing God as my God. I use “my Colina” because I am very close to her. David’s such an address to God implies he was very close to God.
In a barren land of intense heat, with no water, David earnestly seek God, thirsted for Him. His whole being longed for God. V1. Typically, we focus on our physical needs first. Not David. David’s hunger for God totally transcended his physical needs.
Typically, after our physical needs, our concern shifts to security. Not David. He was hiding in the desert, running away from his enemies. But David didn’t ask God to protect him from his enemies. David’s hunger for God transcended his wish for survival.
David considered God’s love better than life. V3. God would fully satisfy him, like the best food. V5. God was his help, protecting him and upholding him. V7-8.
Thus, even in such dismal conditions, David was not concerned about his own needs. He was not thinking about food, water, or his enemies. Instead, he was even thinking of God in bed through the night. David was sure his enemies would be totally destroyed, eaten up by jackals. His lips glorified God, praising Him with his song. He rejoiced in God. David sang! V3, 5-7, 9-11.
These are marks of deep spiritual experience.
Summarized from a Tim Keller sermon.
大卫在沙漠中写下诗篇63。他位于在炎热, 缺水, 和干旱土地 （诗63：1）。
大卫在荒芜炎热和缺水的沙漠中，切切地尋求神, 渴想神；他的心切慕神 (诗63:1)。在这环境中， 我们正常都会首先关注肉体的需求。不是大卫。大卫对上帝的渴望远远超越了他身体的需要。
大卫认为上帝的爱胜于生命 (诗63:3)。 上帝会完全满足他，像最好的食物 (诗63:5)。 并且上帝是他的帮助，维护着他, 高举起他 (诗63：8)。
因此，即使在这种令人沮丧的情况下，大卫并不担心自己的需求。 他没有考虑到食物，水或敌人。 相反，他甚至整夜都在想着上帝。大卫确信他的敌人会被野狗所吞噬，完全被摧毁. 他的嘴唇赞美神，歌颂祂。大卫因上帝而欢乐, 而歌唱! (诗63：3, 5-7, 9-11)。