"Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You."
What does it mean, that the steadfast love of the Lord is better than life?
It means if I had to choose between life and the steadfast love of the Lord, I would choose the steadfast love of the Lord and give up life.
It means that if I have to choose between the steadfast love of the Lord and the approval of my friends, or my job, or my health, or comfort, or anything else that promises to make life more enjoyable and fill my life with satisfaction, I will go for the steadfast love of the Lord and let the other thing go.
I would do that, not necessarily because I’m so noble and always choose the right thing, but because it’s so much better. It’s really a very practical choice.
It’s like a woman who chooses between a more comfortable life, or a career, or social status, and the steadfast love of a man she believes will always be there for her, love her unconditionally, and never abandon her. It might not be an entirely noble or selfless choice, but a practical one - at least at first. She chooses that love because she can see that it’s better.
As the years go by and she finds that he really does consistently come through as promised, she finds more joy and satisfaction in the steadfast love of her husband than she could ever hope to have found in the other choice, and then she’ll have a lot of good things to say about that faithful husband to anyone who will listen. Her lips will praise him.
So it is with those who choose the steadfast love of the Lord, because He never fails. He is steadfast in His love, and we can’t stop talking about Him to anyone who’ll listen.
Lord Jesus, Your steadfast love through the years has proven that following You was the right choice. Nothing this life offers can compare with the joy I have had in being Yours. Thank You for choosing me. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles