“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. (4) Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.” Psalm 63.3-4
One of the things I love about reading the Psalms is the constant reminder that I must praise the Lord. It is not that I don’t already know this, but I need the truth reinforced in my daily life so that I learn to praise God intentionally.
When reading v. 3, one might think the psalmist overstates his case: “Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” When you think of the word “lovingkindness” what comes to your mind about God? Lovingkindness is “tenderness and consideration toward others.” When we apply that to God, He IS tender toward us. The very fact that He forgives us because of Jesus’ payment for our sin is an act of tenderness toward us. When you think of how an earthly father treats his children, if he is the right kind of father, he is tender with them. I realize some reading this may have grown up in a home where father was anything but tender, but remember that our Heavenly Father is the PERFECT father. We are blessed to HAVE life because our Heavenly Father acts in lovingkindness toward us.
V. 4 encourages us with two thoughts: (1) I will bless thee while I live, and (2) I will lift up my hands in thy name. The first one SEEMS obvious, but how frequently do we do it? One must THINK about blessing God in order to do it. Sometimes when I am sitting in church and the song we are singing speaks to my heart, I raise my hand “in (His) name” because I am blessed. If raising my hand was simply to impress others, it is an act of vanity and pride. But if I raise my hand, not even aware of others around me, because the Holy Spirit has spoken to me so clearly, then I have lifted my hand in His name. May the Lord help us today to think about the words of these two verses and intentionally praise the Lord and if the occasion arises, lift our hands in His name. Just my thoughts …