I have found that the most genuine and active type of love for the Lord is the type of love that comes out of an overflow of His mercy and grace. You see this in Psalm 116. The author has been delivered from death by the Lord. God had mercy on him and inclined His ear to him. He says I love you Lord BECAUSE of these things (v. 1). It’s not surprising that after this loving praise and thanksgiving that the author proclaims his obedience to the Lord (v. 15-19). Like true love comes from God’s grace and mercy, true sacrifice and service comes from that type of overflowing love.
Psalm 117 is a short but sweet Psalm. In fact, Isaac Watts wrote a hymn based off of it in 1719 and I thought we’d end with it from a beautiful version of it by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Ignore their heretical theology for a moment and just listen to the Biblical truths (that they really need to listen to) being sung from the classic hymn. Lyrics are below.
1 From all that dwell below the skies,
Let the Creator’s praise arise;
Let the Redeemer’s name be sung
Through ev’ry land by ev’ry tongue.
2 Eternal are Thy mercies Lord;
Eternal truth attends Thy Word;
Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore
Till suns shall rise and set no more.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor