BETTER THAN LIFE

BETTER THAN LIFE

O 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.
Psalm 63:1-3

The love of God is better than life. Actually life is better translated here as lives. What could David have meant? With all the different kinds of lives available to man, how could this statement be true?
Here is what Augustine said about David’s incredible claim.

“God’s mercy is better than lives. What lives? Those which for themselves men have chosen. One hath chosen for himself a life of business, another a country life, another a life of usury, another a military life; one this, another that. Divers are the lives, but better is thy life than our lives. Better is that which thou givest to men amended, than that which perverse men choose? One life thou givest, which should be preferred to all our lives, whatsoever in the world we might have chosen.”

Augustine points out the real choice made available to us. We can have all of the various lives and identities the natural world offers or we can have His life. Augustine sees this passage as, “Your life is better than any natural life”. Why is this true? It is true because God Himself is life and when He comes to live inside of us, life really begins. Before He came, we were all wandering aimlessly throughout this world longing for direction, hungering for peace, searching for “our life”. When He came and revealed Himself to us and in us, everything changed. We understood for the first time what David meant when he sang “your love is better than life”.
Can you sing David’s song? I know you can sing the song, but do these words express the feelings of your heart? In the light of eternity it doesn’t really matter which of the “lives” you choose here. What really matters is that you choose the “steadfast love that is better than lives”.

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One Reply to “BETTER THAN LIFE”

  1. my own life it seems to get more dimer as i walk in the new life given to us by our lord, all of us that know the lord have this in common, every day is a new day our relationships change into the way god wants our relationships to be. as we draw close to the lord he draws close to us, he is our life and our way of life no matter were we were at or our lifestles im a person that lived many years in the mountains i come from several generations of mountain people both sides of my family, it is a lifestle in its self, so are alol the other ways a person can live, but we really dont have life untill we get the lord, a lifestyle outsideg of god is so very vain and empty it causes me to be thankful knowing my life wasnt in vain that jesus loves us enought to reach out and save us, i was thinking aq while back what it would be like now to still be lost and out there, no hope i didnt dwell on this for very long, i thanked the lord he changed that for me all of us now have been set free paid for those of us that love and live for the lordwe now have a real purpose to know and love the lord and be set aside for his will and purpose a peculiar people bringing glory to our lord and loving each other walking in his spirit proclaiming his return and that whosoever will may come to him the family of god just keeps growing.

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