What is the best thing in your life?
Hebrew is the language that the Old Testament was written in. In Hebrew there is a very important word, maybe even the MOST important word in the Bible – Hesed. (Pronounced with short vowel sounds) Hesed refers to the love of God. But it is about more than just the feelings of love. It is about the promises and actions of love too. God promises to love us, doesn’t he? Now as you read this part of Psalm 63 together see if you can you guess which English words mean hesed:
Psalm 63:1-3. 1O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
If you said “steadfast love” then you’re right. Steadfast love means that God’s love for you never ends, and never quits, and never gives up. Steadfast love is faithful, and loyal, and true. It doesn’t come and go. It doesn’t grow or shrink. It never changes. And most important, God’s love is never about how good or bad you are, or how much you love him back. God loves you because he promises to love you.
And David says that this love of God, his hesed, is the best thing in life. In fact, it is better than life. What did you say is the best thing in your life? Do you think that God’s love for you is the best thing in your life? I hope so. Why? Because without God’s love for us we would not have God’s own eternal life. God’s eternal life?
Yes. That is what Jesus came to share with us when he came to earth. He didn’t just come to show us how to live, he came to share his very own life and love with us through the cross. Jesus was willing to die for us because loving us was better than staying alive. Jesus died for our sins so that we could be loved by God forever. And then God’s love made Jesus come back to life three days later. God’s love was better and stronger than death!
Because of Jesus God promises to love us forever and ever no matter what.
With Jesus I can love others because I know that I am always loved.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Share the love of God with someone today. Maybe make a card for a neighbor or make a video call to friends or family.
Jesus, your love is the best thing ever. Help me to show your love to others too the way you have shown it to me. Amen.