13 June 2018

1 Corinthians 9

Psalm 63

Psalm 63. I wonder whether you thought about the end of yesterday’s reading from Psalm 62 where the Psalmist states that the Lord is loving. Dear Christian, I hope that you allowed that truth to overwhelm you because it is a great truth that we need to keep on reminding ourselves of. God, the Creator and Sustainer of this world loves you!

Today’s Psalm states something similar in verse 3 which I want us to reflect on: ‘because your love is better than life’. It seems that the comparison is drawn between life as we know it, and the love of God.

Consider your station in life at the present moment:

  • Married or single or lonely
  • Widowed, separated, divorced
  • Employed, unemployed, retired
  • Wealthy, or just making ends meet
  • Old, middle aged, or young
  • Able-bodied, physically disabled, or ill
  • Educated or not educated
  • Hungry, thirsty, troubled, fearful
  • Under attack from the enemy

It doesn’t matter where you are in life because you are where you are in the Providence of God, a Providence that includes His love and His care for you – a love that is initiated by God Himself. We were not living at the time King David penned these words, yet we have experienced the love of God in the most incredible way. We may not have seen and beheld the power and glory of God in the same terms as David (verse 2), but we have indeed been given the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

‘while we were still sinners’ (Romans 5:8)

‘while we were dead in our transgressions and sins’ (Ephesians 2:1)

God’s Suffering Servant – the King above all Kings – suffered and died because of God’s love for us. This is why the Psalmist ‘earnestly seeks after God’ (verse 1). This is why he is eager to sing praises (verse 5). This is why he is aware day and night (verse 6) of God’s presence, and therefore His love. God is love. Nothing else, and no one else can love as He does. God’s loves covers all and everything that this life throws at us – good, or not-so-good.

As we desire to #GrowDeepLoveDeep we will do well to turn the words of a Psalm like this into a prayer for today. Why don’t you do it right now?

‘Because your love is better than life my lips will glorify you.’