“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life…” Ps. 63:3.
When one’s life is taken, or when one suffers loss, it is hard to ‘see’ the lovingkindness of the Lord.
‘There are some lives that were so yielded to God, that they left imprinted in our minds a lived out’ view of God’s word:“Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.” Ps. 63:3,4.
Somehow, they were the very image of this verse, somehow they knew in the center of their being that ‘even better than life is the lovingkindness of the Lord.’
So, God has let me see this with my own eyes. And maybe He has done this for you as well. He doesn’t leave us in the dark about His lovingkindness. In full view He shows Himself, His love and His greatness, through often-times, broken but yielded lives.
I don’t know all the stories, and I haven’t seen all the pictures, but I can share a few. I have seen a picture of a 4 year old little girl sitting on a hospital bed with no hair and at a very weak point in her battle with cancer, lifting her hands up to God, in praise and adoration. Truly she is showing us, that ‘even better than life is the lovingkindness of the Lord.’ God had touched the heart of a very young child, and thus left a picture for us see her response, “my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name.”
It is in the stories that we see the beauty of the Lord, and the lovingkindness of our God. It is not only in a beautiful mountainscape view or magnificent sunset- or something grand, but it is seen even more in the deep dark crevices of a cave that the diamonds are found.
In a fierce battle against the little ‘c’ cancer, God had touched a yielded life so intimately, that the big ‘C’ Christ was his very breath. Words of hope, “I’m healed already!” always came from his lips. He was a visual of the verse, “My soul shall be satisfied as with the marrow and fatness, And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips”…Even better than life, is the lovingkindness of the Lord.
It is not our way, God’s ways are higher than ours, He shows us His glory at times in a suffering servant. Why? we might ask. God doesn’t answer the ‘Why’, but He shows us His lovingkindness through these lives yielded to Him as Job did, “Though He slay me, yet I will trust Him. Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. He also shall be my salvation.” Job 13:15.
Have you witnessed a yielded life? One who cries out to God and trusts even when nothing makes sense? “O God, You are my God; …My soul thirsts for You My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.” Ps. 63:1.
And yes, you and I have seen with our own eyes, broken people chosen by God to magnify His light, to be a living sanctuary, tried greatly, yet true, true to exemplify for each of us that ‘even better than life, is the lovingkindness of the Lord.’ Thus yielding a response of praise and a lifting up of his hand to the Lord.
We have pictures. We can see the lovingkindness of God, but we need comfort.
Comfort your people Lord.
“Comfort, yes comfort My people!” Says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended…Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God… the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough places smooth;
The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all eyes shall see it together.” Is. 40:3,4,5.
“I’m healed already!” “Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You.
Your right hand holds me up.” Ps. 63:7,8.
“Let us run our races Lord, with our hearts and eyes on You, trusting and believing that You care and You know.Even when all ‘looks’ bad with the sight of our eyes, help us to ‘know’ Your love and faithfulness with the eyes of faith. Help us to put off our doubts and our fears and close our ears to the lies! Because Your lovingkindness dear Lord, is better than life!”