Your Lovingkindness is Better than Life

September 30, 2022

Psalms 63

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. 6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. 7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. 8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. 9 They who seek my life will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth. 10 They will be given over to the sword and become food for jackals. 11 But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God’s name will praise him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.

Your Lovingkindness is Better than Life

               For us to truly know the Lord and the intimacy of His relationship is the most sustaining power I know.  We can go through some very hard and difficult places and it is the knowing of His presence and love that can sustain us.  His love and assurance is so great that we can come to the place of relinquishing our life if need be for His sake. 

               David had this revelation of God because he had been to the sanctuary. He is not just talking about a building or a physical place, he is talking about that meeting place with God where we begin to get a comprehension and revelation of His love and the truth of who He is in relationship to us.  It is in this place of revelation and comprehension of the love of God for us that the praise and worship flows out of us like water out of a saturated sponge.  His love is so great, so precious and so real that it is better than life itself.

It is usually in the in the valleys and the dry difficult places that we seek Him and come to know Him in faithfulness and loving-kindness.  How many times have there been in our lives when we have been unfaithful, yet He has proved Himself faithful, when we deserved chastisement, but instead He gave us grace and loving-kindness?  Perhaps this is what overwhelms us the most is that He has given us so much more than we could ever deserve or earn.  His loving kindness is better than life itself. 

When we come to the revelation of who we are in Christ, we, like David, find ourselves wrapped in the mantle of the anointing and love of the Lord.  He looked favorably upon us.  We can’t really say why.  It is not because we are so much more than anyone else and we certainly aren’t deserving, but by His grace we have found our way into the sanctuary of His presence.  There His glory, love and awe overwhelms us.  How could we not but praise Him and express the deep thanksgiving for that which He has placed within us.                

Some don’t know what I am really talking about, because you have not been there, but when you do come into His sanctuary, His majesty is so great it is a fearful thing and yet His loving-kindness is so gentle is cradles us like a child in its mother’s arms.  It was this place of fellowship and knowing of God that sustained and encouraged David when King Saul pursued his life. 

Many of us are facing or will face very difficult circumstances in this hour, but if you want real encouragement, peace and joy, even in this place, come into the sanctuary of His presence.  Worship Him in spirit and in truth and the pure out-crying of your heart and spirit will bring you there.  Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you.  You will find the grace to get you through and sustain you through every trial because His loving-kindness is better than life.

Blessings,

#kent

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