Scripture: Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. Psalm 63:3 ESV
Observation: David wrote this psalm reflecting on his time on the run from Saul in the wilderness of Judah. He begins this book of the psalter declaring that Yahweh is his God and that his soul thirsts for his Lord like the dry and weary land in which he sought refuge. And it is in this deserted part of the Promised Land that David beholds Yahweh’s power and glory (verse 2). Thus, he vows to keep praising his Lord because the Farther’s love is better than life (verse 3 above). Thus, David will bless the Lord as long as he lives (verse 4).
Takeaway: It’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important. Indeed, our loved ones are a high priority, but if we desperately cling to earthly relations as if they are all that matters, we will miss the joy of the One who loves us more than family or friends. God willing, they will be with us in the Kingdom of Heaven, but what we will treasure the most for all eternity is our Creator’s love for us. With this in mind, David’s declaration of praise provides much wisdom about approaching life here and now. If we covet the Father’s steadfast love above that of others, we will bless him “as long as we live.” And we will love our family and friends better.
Prayer: Father God, we thank you for your steadfast love that is better than life here and now. Would you please foster in us a reciprocating love and affection for you that is supreme over all other relationships, that our fondness for you would spill over onto others? Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling