Thought for the Lord’s Day

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Your unfailing love is better than life!


The Psalms never lack for reality. They speak of the difficulty of living in a world cursed with sin. The Psalmists never back away from the desperateness of life’s problems. The language of the Psalms is stark and graphic. We resonate with the truth spoken by the Holy Spirit. We do search for God in the midst of a parched and thirsty land.


Yet, it is precisely because the Psalms are in touch with reality that they also bring healing words which reach deeply into your longing heart. The Psalms overflow with the wonder of God despite the harshness of life. As Psalm 63 shouts: God’s unfailing love is better than life itself!


With Christ, the Psalmist proclaims that your God will never leave you or forsake you. Despite your hurt and struggles, there is the opportunity, the necessity to sing the praises of the Living God. God’s love sustains you in this life and flows into eternity. God’s unfailing love is the same love that you will know forever, even as the last sands drop from the hourglass of life.


Praise his great name!



O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.


I have seen you in your sanctuary
    and gazed upon your power and glory.


Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!


I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.


You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise you with songs of joy. 


Psalm 63:1-5

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.