Joyful Lips #653

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. (Psalm 63:3–5, NKJV)

In contrast to the hypocritical lip-service Jesus rebuked in Matthew 15:7-9, this passage blesses God with lips of joyful praise. The goodness and kindness of God was better than life to David, for God satisfied the longings of his soul. David’s heart was stayed on God even as he faced trials and uncertainty: “My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me” (Psa. 63:8). David pledged loyalty to God and praised Him for the rich abundance of His care. Joyful lips result from thankful hearts. Like David, let us rejoice in God’s goodness and worship Him with the “fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Heb. 13:15).