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Psalm 63:3

ESV Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
NIV Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
NASB Because Your favor is better than life, My lips will praise You.
CSB My lips will glorify you because your faithful love is better than life.
NLT Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
KJV Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
NKJV Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You.

What does Psalm 63:3 mean?

This verse uses an important Hebrew root word: chesed. This is sometimes translated as "loving-kindness," "steadfast love" or "unfailing love." The term implies certainty, mercy, and a sense of promise. David recognizes the Lord's love as stable and faithful. Rather than being afraid for his life, David chooses to rely on his faith in God (Psalm 63:1–2). These words were written while David fled from a rebellion (2 Samuel 15:13–14) yet David still prioritized worshipping the Lord.

Life without God's love is empty. It may overflow with material possessions, but they cannot bring joy to the soul. God made a visible example of His love to sinners by giving His Son as the perfect sacrifice for sin. Paul writes: "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). The apostle John writes: "See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are" (1 John 3:1). He also says, "By this we know love, that [Jesus] laid down his life for us" (1 John 3:16). Soon after, he offers proof of God's great love by declaring that "God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him" (1 John 4:9).
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