“I love the Lord, because He hath heard my voice and my supplication.” Psalm 116:1
I love the Lord! That is the theme of the whole psalm. He will give us the reason for his love; he will tell us what he is going to do with that love, so that he ends in heaven itself where he will dwell in the courts of the Lord forevermore, but you are right when you write above the whole psalm: I love the Lord!
What mighty concept: I love the Lord!
Yes, the world also speaks of love.
Very learned men, especially in the field of psychology, tell us that love is the deepest urge in man, moving him irresistibly on. They say that behind all effort of men of all the ages you will find the love of man for his mate, his friend, his flesh and bone, his fatherland, humanity. And I can well believe it. Read the literature of all the ages, and you will come face to face at every page with the love of man.
But their love is not our love. Our love is the love of God! Therein lies all the difference in the world!
The love of God is pure and sweet; it is holy and just; it is wise and strong; faithful it is and true unto all eternity.
The love of God is God himself. God is his virtues. And so we sing: Unending is the love of God from age to age the same!
The love of the world, however, is ugly. It is so utterly ugly that God hates it, and the angels of God hide their pure faces from it.
The love of man ought to be the reflection of the love of God. But it is not. God is not in all their love.
And so we find a lot of filth in the world, masquerading under the sweet name of love. All human emotion should be nothing but the fruit of God’s emotion, reflecting the life of God. Everything apart from God is contraband. And you need no magnifying glasses to see the corruption which corrupts the love of the world.
How different is this psalmist: I love the Lord! That makes all the difference in the world. If you have the love of God in your heart you will find the sanctifying power of that love in all your other relationships. It will never stand in the way of the other avenues of love we spoke of above. Nay, but that love of God will hallow them.
I love the Lord!
It is the song of heaven unto all eternity.
I love the Lord!