The Only Love Better Than Life Itself

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

I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Ps. 63:3–5

Lord Jesus, King David’s words of unbridled adoration of you convict us. We spend a lot of time and energy trying to make a “better” life for ourselves, but David speaks of your love as being better than life itself. What a holy paradox. O, to know your love in such a heart-palpitating, knee-buckling, life-liberating way.

By the work of the Spirit, launch us into the geography of your limitless love—it’s width, length, height, and depth. David danced with shameless nakedness before the returned ark of the covenant. Why can’t we be just as joyful and free in response to your finished work?

We have no trouble singing to you or lifting our hands in the assembly of your people. But we crave greater freedom to love in contexts that normally irritate, trigger, or frustrate us. Make us like Chick-fil-A-on-steroids people—welcoming, kind, joyful servants.

Help us listen twice as much as we speak, Jesus. Intensify our love for the least and the lost, the marginalized and forgotten, and the weak and the broken. May your love for us be the true meaning, measure, and motivation of our love for others.

Generate within us more hot tears of compassion and loud guffaws of joy. You’ve set us free for eternity; please set us free for this one day. So very Amen we pray, in your awesome and loving name.