March 4, 2018
Psalms 63:1-4… Oh God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live, in your name I will lift up my hands.
David expresses love and need in these verses. That is the condition of his heart.
“Because your love is better than life…”
I don’t know that I can honestly confess that. I can say it, but do I really mean it? Life is important. To claim that something unseen is better than life seems a bit ridiculous to me. And for that reason, praise can be self- motivated, rather than pure and focused. Only on occasion have I felt that my praise was pure and focused. Sometimes, it is just a discipline of my mind. In those times, I wonder if I am doing it to appear spiritual. Appearing spiritual, or the American version… appearing Christian, is a travesty. We must guard our hearts against such attitudes. We are Christian, and Spiritual, because of the love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus. If we are saved, that is written in the book of life, which we have not access to. It is done by God. ‘Acting Christian’ might be an attempt to assist God with our salvation, and I must say, “He doesn’t need any help.” In fact, He disdains it. How would you feel if you were standing in line at heaven’s gates and you knew the person in front of you was faking it? Would you not be pleased if he didn’t get away with faking it before God? God is greater than all our actions indicate. He knows our hearts. He cannot be fooled. In short, don’t fake it. I started this rant with the admission that I sometimes didn’t praise God with a pure heart. That is more than a confession of guilt. It is an expression of need. As the one man said to Jesus, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.” That just might be the most important, least prayed, prayer that we know. We know in part… when we can admit that instead of faking it for the masses, we are honest with God. “Lord, I love your love as much as I know how. Help me to love it as much as David did.” Amen