Psalm 63: Longing to Worship the LORD while in the Wilderness

Authentic Broken Vessels

The Psalmist in Psalm 51:17 cries out, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, you will not despise.” If we think upon what God can use for His glory, we must remember that He can only use broken things and imperfect vessels reflecting His glory. Think about Mary’s box of ointment she broke open in order to anoint the Lord’s feet with very costly oil. (See John 12:1-11) Through her tears and brokenness, she serves the Lord and anoints Him for His upcoming sacrifice on the cross. In Judges 7, we read of the story of Gideon’s troops. 32,000 men were gradually reduced to 22,000, then to 10,000, then ultimately to three hundred men by the Lord’s command.

The Beautiful Savior

In various scriptures, there are praises of Christ that label Him precious and beautiful. We find one of these in Psalm 45, when the psalmist cries, “You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips!” When the psalmist used the word “fairer,” this is like saying that Christ is beautiful. Beloved, do you think of Christ this way? We can also see names given to Christ in prophecies of Isaiah, for example in Isaiah 9. Isaiah cries, “And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Even in Peter’s experience in the gospels, we see him calling Jesus the Christ, which is revealed to him by God.

The Altar of Incense

Exodus 30:1-10, Psalm 141:2, Revelation 8:3-4

The Significance of the Altar

The Altar Typifies Prayer - It was small, but large enough to serve its purpose. Note that it is not the long prayer that avails much, but the prayer of faith. We are not heard for our vain repetitions, but “the fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

The Altar is a Type of Christ - Christ is the one through whom our prayers and praises ascend to God. Note His high priestly office (see Hebrews 8:1 and Hebrews 7:25). We have a high priest seated at the right hand of God. He is able to save to the uttermost –saying He ever liveth to make intercession for them.


The Components of the Altar

The altar was made of wood overlaid with gold. It was 1½ ft. by 1½ ft. by 3 ft. high. As previously stated the material speaks of the Lord’s humanity and deity.

There were horns situated at each of the four corners – similar to the brazen altar. The horns on the brazen altar spoke of the “power in the blood,” while these horns speak of the “power of prayer” and Christ Himself. They were sprinkled with blood from the brazen altar once a year on the Day of Atonement. God never forgets the suffering His Son endured for us. “One thousand years as one day […].” We must never forget the efficacy of the blood of Christ. To verify that the horns speak of Christ, see Luke 1:69. Zechariah, John the Baptist’s father, said, “God hath raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.”

The Messianic Psalms (Wilson)

Gospel Folio Press
Grand Rapids MI
Copyright 1997

To the memory of the intrepid pioneer evangelists and Bible teachers of the last generation, who left home, comfort, and safety to bear the Light to dark places of the world for love of Christ, this volume is respectfully dedicated.


On the resurrection day, the risen Christ met two disciples on the way to Emmaus, and from Moses and all the prophets He expounded to them the things concerning Himself. As a result, their whole outlook was changed. Later they declared: “Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?”


I have fought a good fight, I have
finished my course, I have kept the
faith: Henceforth there is laid up
for me a crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge,
shall give me at that day: and not to me
only, hut unto all them also that love
His appearing:—2 Timothy 4:7, 8

Harry A. Ironside is now at home with the Lord his Saviour, whom he deeply loved and so devotedly served.

The publishers are conscious of their deep privilege in preserving in book form these studies on the first book of the Psalms.

These addresses were originally given by Dr. Ironside at the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago. Illinois, and printed in the Moody Church News. They are now reproduced in the earnest hope that they will be a means of rich blessing “unto all them also that love His appearing.”

The Publishers
New York
December 1951

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