not just an emotion

Psalm 63:3 says:

Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.

Between the song and the verse and recent experiences in my life, this has been a pretty significant statement for me – Your love is better than life.

Here’s the thing, though: doesn’t it sound like a statement made based on emotions? A revelation at the altar, tears streaming down your face, suffering, yet hopeful, having been given assurance that God’s love is better than life. Something amazing happening, reminding you of God’s love. Something big, something noteworthy.

Those are the circumstances under which I’ve said this the most. And that isn’t wrong, it isn’t a bad thing. It just isn’t all there is to it.

It’s really simple, but it occurred to me the other day that the psalmist wasn’t just saying this because he felt joyful or peaceful or whatever emotion might prompt you to say something like this. He was declaring an eternal truth about God’s love.

Did you get that? Eternal Truth. ETERNAL TRUTH.

Language is awesome, but it can be so deceptive. Emotive statements are linked to emotions, which are fluctuating and unstable, changing all the time. That makes us subconsciously put those statements in that same category – inconstant. That’s dangerous, when it comes to truths about God.

God’s love is better than life. Always. Even when it doesn’t feel like it is. Even when I’m staring temptation in the eye and am about to reach out and grab his long, slender hand. (Don’t ask me why it’s long and slender. Poetic license.) God’s love is better than life, when it doesn’t seem appealing at all, when I want to do anything other than pick up a Bible or listen to more Hillsong or discipline myself to think thoughts that are true and noble and right and pure and lovely and admirable and excellent and praiseworthy. God’s love is better than life when people make me feel loved and accepted and my heart feels so gratified. It’s better when I am loving life and the way it’s going. It will always be better, because it’s truth, and truth is eternal, unchanging, unaffected by circumstance or emotion or anything else that fluctuates.

God’s love is better than life.


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