In the first of our new series, we look at God’s love, based on Psalm 63:3. Join us to follow this Mummy Meditation on Love.
When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with the album The Midseducation of Lauren Hill. You probably know the album, so you’re hopefully familiar with the snippets of a teacher discussing love with a group of kids.
“What’s love?” he asks them.
There’s a pause. Giggles. Then a small boy pipes up,
“Love is… a feeling.”
That’s as close as they can get. Love is a feeling. Yet we all know that love is so, so much more than a feeling or an emotion. Love is the root, the driving force.
Love is the reason we’re all here.
Looking at the Fruits of the Spirit as described in Galatians 5:22-23, love comes first.
“22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
We’re told that God is love in 1 John 4:8. We know that it was love which made Jesus make his ultimate sacrifice. We love him because he first loved us.
So this week’s verse is all about love.
“Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.” Psalm 63:3
I’m going to tell you, this has been an amazing verse to think about all week. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the everyday busyness, rushing around and just trying to get everything done. Sometimes we get caught up in small, trivial details. Yet this verse puts in into perspective.
God’s love is better than anything I can ever imagine – even life itself.
My life is full, busy, happy. There’s a lot of love in it. It’s secure, comfortable, enjoyable. And yet, God’s love is so much better than that. It’s overwhelmingly, incredibly good.
What has amazed me repeatedly over the last few days is how much of God’s love there is available to us. He gives His love so freely, so generously. It’s not raining down – it’s like we’re standing under a waterfall. He absolutely pours His love down onto us. Not because of anything we’ve done, but because of His grace.
This is really the fundamentals of my faith. I do have a keen sense of God’s love, but it’s easy to block it out, to let the ordinary everyday muffle and stifle its roar. By keeping this verse in mind, I’ve managed to tune into the roar of His love – even when I’m doing mundane jobs or driving or playing with the children. And it really is incredible.
The first half of this verse really does lead in to the other. When we take time to think about and become aware of God’s love, we cannot help but want to praise Him. As His love pours down onto us, our praise rises up in response.
I know that some of this might sound very over-spiritual, and as I’m writing I’m aware of all the adjectives I’m using – incredible, amazing, generous, wonderful. But that is part of my praise. They are the words you can’t help but use when you become aware of God’s love.
So today, for five minutes, just let yourself sit and soak in the knowledge that God loves you more than you could ever imagine. If you have children, you’ll know that intense rush of love you feel for them when you watch them sleeping. God feels exactly like that for you, only much, much more. Breathe in His love. Feel it surround you. Hold your hands up to receive it. And let your heart respond in praise. Yes, you can sing and dance. You can pray. You can use words or tongues. But let yourself respond. Because this is true praise.
Thank you so much for joining me in the Mummy Meditation on Love. I really hope you can join Rachel next week for our next Mummy Meditation on 1 John 4:20 – it’s a challenging one!
20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.