Today From Psalms
The word “love” is used extensively in our culture and language. But most of the time we use the word in relation to something or someone who pleases us. For example one might say; “I love golf.” This is said in relation to the enjoyment they receive from golfing. Another might say: “I love fried chicken.” This would be in reference to the taste enjoyment of eating fried chicken. The same is true when we speak of people. “I love this or that person.” We often love a person because we find the relationship a pleasure or a benefit to us.
When it comes to people, this is far from the idea set forth in the New Testament of “love one another.” The word often used is the Greek word “agape.” We are to love unconditionally and without consideration of it being returned to us. Though we may strive to love in this way we often fall short and love based on love’s return.
We are also told to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” But because we are human we tend to love God based on what we have received from Him. “I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.” Psalms 116:1
I am grateful God accepts my love even when it is based on “he hath heard my voice and my supplications.”
Psalms 116:5“Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.”