Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast. How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:5-7
Love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice. These are the characteristics of God that David declares in this psalm. He celebrates the vastness of each of these characteristics. The poetry calls me to visualize the expanse of creation. God’s faithfulness, righteousness, and justice are overwhelming. He is a faithful God. He is righteous. He is just. But it is the love of God that David sees as priceless. It is of immeasurable value. John declares that God is love (1 John 4:8). As I consider the love of God, it seems to me that one of the things that makes it priceless is that it is relentless. God’s love never stops—ever. It never had a beginning. It always has been and always will be extended in relentless generosity. This generosity is seen as the Eternal Father extends love to the Eternal Son and Spirit. It is this love that compels creation. The love of God—as seen demonstrated in the Trinity—pours out to mankind.
Lord, who am I that you would love me with this priceless love? Who am I that this love would extend to me? Who am I to be able to bask in this love that you lavish on me? Forgive me for the times I have treated your love as cheap and undesirable. Forgive me for the times I have cheated on you and sought for other loves to fill the ache in my heart that longs for your priceless love. Amen.