i got an email from my friend kati a couple days ago.
it was filled with verses and encouragement, and kati challenged the four of us to whom she sent it to choose one of those verses and write it in a place where we’d see it often.
i chose psalm 90:14 and wrote it on the whiteboard of my bedroom door.
i got up early for quiet time with Jesus this morning. i showered and dressed first, though, so when i came back to my room to sit and read my Bible i saw the verse. i didn’t know what to read, and seeing the verse written on my door made me think i’d sit and read psalm 90.
so i did.
and it was nothing like i expected.
most of psalm 90 talks about fear. for instance, verses 7 and 8 say, “we are consumed by your anger and terrified by your indignation. you have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.” i don’t know about you, but that verse inspires fear. and most of the rest of the psalm is that way, talking about the power and might and sovereignty of God, leaving you small and afraid.
but there’s a quick switch from verse 11, which reads, “who knows the power of your anger? for your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you,” to verse 14, which says, “satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”
i remember reading verse 14 and thinking, talking about Jesus’ love just seems really misplaced there.
and i started thinking about how important love is, and how perfect love is supposed to cast out fear. and i don’t see love casting out fear of the Lord. honestly, i don’t think it’s supposed to. i think Jesus’ perfect love means that our fear of Him is healthy and respectful, not that it goes away entirely.
and i began to think about why fear takes up so much of this psalm, and why love isn’t mentioned until the end.
and it occurred to me that as important as fear is, it’s love, at the end of the day, that makes the difference.
anybody can be afraid of God. demons are afraid of God. they hear His name and shudder.
you and i are different because we can love.
we can love God. we’re blessed that we not only fear Him, but that we can love Him as well.
satisfy us each morning, Jesus, with the love You daily teach us to express. the love we’re blessed to be able to reflect back to You.
love makes the difference.
You make the difference.