What does the good life look like for you? Does it include living in a 10,000 sq. ft. home? Maybe the good life for you is having a job where you get paid six figures and get to make your own schedule. Perhaps for you it’s having the time and cash flow to entertain yourself constantly. For others 0f you, the good life may include less extravagant things like a marriage that doesn’t seem so cold or not having chronic pain from day to day or having kids that aren’t so high maintenance.
We define the good life in variety of ways depending on our circumstances and who we are, but one thing that is often similar from person to person is the belief that we don’t have the good life… or if we do have the good life, there is a life out there that someone else has that is better. To one degree or another, we all struggle with a “the grass is greener on the other side” perspective, but God wants us to see things differently.
King David wrote psalm 63 from the desert of Judah most likely when he was fleeing for his life from his son Absalom. The entire Psalm is one that expresses desperation not for “the good life”, but for the Lord. In verse three David writes these words: “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” As I studied this Psalm last week, the question that popped into my mind after I read that verse was, “What life is David talking about?” Is the love of God better than the life of a peasant? Is the love of God better than the life of single mom with three jobs? What about the life of a middle-class family of six? Or the life of a elderly man with cancer? Or the life of a depressed teenager? It’s probably not a stretch for us to believe that the love of God is better than these lives, but is that what David is talking about? Let us remember that David was a king. Although he wrote this Psalm from the wilderness, he was used to a life of luxury, prestige, comfort and power. His life exceeded even what we think of when we think of “the good life”, and yet, he was able to say to God, “Your steadfast love is better than life”. If David was able to say this, then no matter what life we have and no matter what life we want to have, we can be sure that God’s love is better!
This week, when you are tempted to complain and yearn for your version of “the good life”, remember this text and tell yourself, “God’s love is better… and I already have it in Christ!”