Daily Devotion|Day 267
“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:3-4, ESV).
Discovering the nature of God’s love is a life-changing experience. Not only that, it a worship transforming experience. How you worship the Father is based on who you know Him to be. In other words, your knowledge of God informs your worship of God. You will worship the Father based on the degree of your knowledge of Him.
The deeper your knowledge of God, the deeper your worship.
How and how often you praise God is all based on your knowledge. We are not talking about information about God or ‘book knowledge.’ We are talking about the kind of knowledge which illuminates the very core of your being and gives you a more accurate picture of who the Father is. The Bible calls this experience revelation.
Knowing the importance of this kind of revelation, Paul prayed for the Christians at Ephesus that,
“the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened . . .” (Ephesians 1:17-18).
In today’s opening passage, David says something profound. Addressing God, he declares, “your steadfast love is better than life.” In what way is God’s love better than life? What could be better than life? It takes revelation to understand. When David worshiped God, it was based on revelation. This explains why he could say things like “your steadfast love is better than love.”
When you see God’s love for what it is, you will realize that there is no better place to be than to abide in the Father’s love. You will live for nothing but God’s love. Your knowledge of this love will inspire you to worship God differently.
Because David knew God’s love was better than life, he felt motivated to say “my lips will praise you . . . I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.” David mentions three things which are all related to worship. He put the praise of God on His lips. He blessed God, not sometimes, but as long as he lived (Worship is not what you do on Sundays. It’s what you do every day of your life ). Finally, David lifted up his hands in the Lord’s name.
God wants you to worship Him in knowledge. Today, ask Him to open the eyes of your understanding. He will hear you and it will change your experience of worship.
Blessing: May the Lord let His face shine upon you today. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
For further study: John 4:19-25