We value life, don’t we? We live for life. We bleed, sweat, vomit, purge, and part with possessions for life. If someone held you up at gunpoint, demanding your wallet, you’d part with it. Why? Because “life” is better than possessions.
We would even part with our own limbs in order to preserve our lives. We’ve heard stories of lumberjacks pinned by trees, using pocket knives to sever their legs so they could get free. We’ve heard stories of hikers who have been trapped by rocks, only to chop off an arm in order to save their lives.
We’d cut our limbs off, bit by bit, in order to save our lives. That’s how much we value life.
But there’s a verse in the Bible that has the nerve to say that there is something that’s even better than life. Can you imagine that? That’s messed up! Knowing how much we value life, it’s hard to imagine a more in-your-face statement. There’s something that outdoes life? Those are fighting words!
“Your steadfast love is better than life” we read in Psalm 63:3. Knowing how much we value life—and would part with limbs and possessions to preserve it—we ought to tremble at the prospect of discovering a greater treasure.
God’s love is the greater treasure.
God’s love for you is better than life.
How can we know? Think about this: if your soul is void of love, then you don’t even want your life anymore. Have you ever tried to live without it? We don’t even want to live when our hearts are void of love, when our souls are deserted and empty. Life seems pointless and you get weary of it when you don’t have love, when your heart is hollow.
Many of us have been weary of life before, even though we’d give up so much to keep it. But no person on record has ever been weary of the love of God.
Nobody has ever said, “God, please stop giving me so much love!” or “God, please stop showing me so much favor!” or “God, please stop extending so much grace!” or “God, please stop offering so much mercy!” or “God, please stop caring for me and taking interest in me!” Why? Because God’s love is better than life.
Even when we grow weary of life, we’ll never grow weary of the love of God.
Think about what this means and give your soul what it wants. Your soul craves the love of God. Always. It will never grow weary of it. You and I will have times when we’re weary of life, but we will never be weary of God’s steadfast love.
Right now, your soul craves, longs for, and is searching after the love of God. Your soul will not be satisfied with mere life, when it was built to experience something greater. God’s steadfast love is greater than your life.
Are you sick of life? Maybe it’s not because you’ve had too much of life, but because you’ve known too little of the love of God.