I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. (Ps. 9:1)
David has developed a whole-heart relationship with the Lord. A heart undivided between his desire for the flesh and his desire for God. Wherever he goes, whatever he does, he has hidden God’s word in his heart that he might not sin against Him (Ps. 119:11). Still, David sins. David repents. From the depth of his heart. God forgives. David will tell of God’s marvelous works because he knows God. Because he knows God, he can trust God. David learns that God loves him when he slews Goliath with five small stones. He learns that God loves him when he evades Saul and his armies. He is assured of God’s love for him when he gains the victory over the Philistines. He understands that God loves him despite the troubles, tears, and trials. Because the Lord has proven Himself in times past, David knows he can trust Him—today, tomorrow, and forever. He learns to love God because he knows that God loves him. He must tell others. He cannot keep silent.
Before we can love the Lord with our whole heart, we must know that God loves us. Absolutely. No doubt. When we sincerely ask ourselves if we know that God loves us as an individual, we are often unsure. Of course, we know the Bible tells us that He loves us. As good Christians, we voice this truth. But do we know it in the depths of our being? “If God really loves me, why do I have to deal with these people?” “If God loves me, why is my life so difficult?” Why is church attendance down and crimes scenes up? We don’t know that God really does love us. If we don’t know that God loves us, how can we love Him? How can we trust Him? How can we praise Him with our whole heart and tell of His marvelous works?
How has God revealed His love to you personally? What Goliaths has He conquered in your life? What enemies has He helped you escape? What victories has He given you? What sins has He forgiven you? What insights into His nature has He shown you? Have the hard times brought with them a deeper love for God? Won’t you ask the Lord to speak to the depths of your being His great love for you. When you know His love for you, you can sing with all that is within you, “I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death, and praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath.”