What a great psalm to read first thing this morning!! David LOVED THE LORD. He loved Him.
For the choir director: A psalm of David, the servant of the Lord I love you, LORD; you are my strength. (NLT)
The remainder of the psalm describes how David was entangled by death and destruction, how God heard his cry and came to save him, how God led him to a place of safety (similar to what the Lord described He'd do in Ezekiel 34).
Then there is a shift, David begins to share how God is faithful to those who are faithful, pure to those who are pure, a light in the darkness, and perfect in His ways. (v25-29)
The psalm goes on to describe how David was able to conquer enemies with God's strength and ends in praise. But David first LOVED THE LORD. This seems to be where all other characteristics of David flowed from. This seems to be what set him apart from others, not known as men and women after God's heart.
So again I ask myself, is my love for the Lord even close to one like David's? When I read this psalm, I can go back to times in my own life where I felt like God certainly reached down and saved me. I can go to two very distinct moments where I know He showered me with His love and released strongholds on my life. Because of those profound moments, my love for Him was sparked and has grown ever since. Those who are forgiven much, love much, as the saying goes.
Loving the Lord appears to be the difference in gladly doing as the Lord asks for our sake and the sake of others, and following a command religiously or out of intellectual obligation. 1 John 1:6 says this: Love means doing what God has commanded us, and He has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
Love means doing what God has commanded us. I pray we meditate on this, today. I pray God touch our hearts and expand our love for Him. I pray He illuminates the connection between loving Him and obeying Him, for His glory, our well being and the well being of those we are called to tend and care for. Thank You for your Words, Lord. Amen.