Expressions of love for God are fairly rare in the Psalms. We are more likely to read that the psalmist is in awe of God, or praises God, or fears him. This psalmist declares his love for God right in the first line of the Psalm:
I love the Lord for he heard my voice;
He heard my cry for mercy.
If we think about it for a minute, the fact that almighty God, creator of heaven and earth, hears our voice when we call out to him is an amazing thing. In fact it inspires more than awe and amazement – it inspires real love.
The psalmist lists more characteristics of God that inspire his love – he is gracious, righteous, compassionate. He protects us, he lifts us up and he saves us. When this psalmist was brought low, when he was surrounded by liars, when his eyes were filled with tears and he felt as though he could not go on any longer, the Lord answered his cry for help.
The psalmist is certainly grateful to God for his mercy in answering his call for help. However, his response goes beyond words. He looks for something he could give to God in return, and realises that his only gift is his own self, laid down in service to God.
His love for God prompts him to take action. He doesn’t just say that he loves God; he promises to show it as well. He will be the Lord’s servant, giving thanks to God, and carrying out his promises to God as a public testimony. Like the psalmist, our love for God needs to be more than words – more even than songs. If we say we love the Lord, let our lives show it!
Meditation verse: What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?