Better Than Life

If anything has become clear over the past years, months, and weeks, it is how wired for life we are. In the good times we seek to maximize it. In the not so good times we will go to great lengths to fight for it. Even as it ebbs away we will savor every last moment of it. Have being made in the image of God, the Author of Life, it’s in both our physical and spiritual DNA to desire life. Divine wisdom affirms that God has “put eternity into man’s heart” (Eccl. 3:11). And through the divine incarnation we are told that God lived among us so that, as His image-bearers, we could real life “and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

We are wired for life. Life is good–especially life lived connected to the Life-giver. But this morning the songwriter reminds me that there is something better than life.

Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You.

(Psalm 63:3 ESV)

My Bible says that David wrote this song when he was in the wilderness. That his inspiration for the lyrics came when life was like “a dry and weary land where there is no water” (v. 1b). Living in a desert-like reality compelled him to earnestly seek His God. His soul thirsted for another encounter of the divine kind. His flesh longed to know again the touch of heaven. David knew relief could be found in seeing again that which he had seen in the holy place — “Your power and glory” (63:2). Why? Because he knew that God’s steadfast love, His unfailing favor, His over-flowing kindness, was better than life.

His steadfast love. The love that bought us. God sending His Son to pay the wages our sin demanded, conquering death so that life might reign.

The love that sought us. God, through the good news of the gospel, calling all to come and to receive the life-giving water which ultimately quenches all thirst.

The love that brought us. God, through His Spirit, drawing hearts to Himself, infusing the light of life where once there was only darkness.

It is a steadfast love. An unfailing love. An ever available love . . . even in the wilderness.

His love is better than life. Because life is no better than when lived in the shadow of God’s love.

And so, my lips will praise Him.

“So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise You with joyful lips, when I remember You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the watches of the night.”

(Psalm 63:4-6 ESV)

Wired for life. Worshiping the Author of Life and His steadfast love. Waiting for the life yet to be experienced when faith gives way to sight and we know face-to-face, in a whole new way, that love which is better than life.

By His grace. For His glory.

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