by Robert Walker

Knocked Down but Not Knocked Out
Robert Walker
Psalm 63

Students of nostalgia tell us that young people in their 20's and their 30's long for a path that is something akin to a home sickness.

When asked to define what that past is they really were not able to do so. They just feel like sometime; somewhere back there, there was something better and they longed for the 1940's and 1950's

You may remember that time when the nation was in the throws of the Vietnam War and how it was that people look back to a simple time.

50,000 Buck Rogers comic books were reprinted in 1971 and sold immediately and 300 radio station put on the shadow and the green hornet and a whole generation heard what they had never before.

Now in the 1980's the nostalgia seems to be more to the 50's than for the 60's. Nostalgia for the crew cuts and for the slang for the music longing for a world that is gone.

I often get a longing for the earlier sixties. The preppy look. Weejins loafers and peg legs pants and duck tails and oldies but goodies music.

According to the heading, it is David who wrote Psalm 63. When David composed this ancient hymn he was not in a temple or worshipful tabernacle; rather, he was in the Desert of Judah. There in the desert he was alone, removed, obscure, separated from every comfort and friend. There he suffered thirst, hunger, pain, loneliness, and exhaustion.

There was a time when David was king and a fugitive from his own land and forced to flee to the desert, namely, the time when his son Absalom rebelled and tried to overthrow his father's throne. It was a rough time for David. Well guess what we all have those days don't we?

According to 2 Samuel 15:23 David fled the city and crossed the brook Kidron and went into the wilderness. And he was far far away from the sanctuary which was the center of his life. He had been strengthening his soul in God. And what David missed the most was God's house. It wasn't his own palace he mourned, ...

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