King James Version
Because thy loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
I love these few verses of worship and praise. I remember singing them in church when I was young. And because of that, I suppose they will always be special to me.
But there is such power in simple praise. My lips shall praise him with my words, with my songs, with my prayers. I will lift up my hands in an expression of honor and praise.
What is especially meaningful in these verses, is that David wrote them from a place in the wilderness. He was hiding from his enemies in the Desert of Judah. Surely he was lonely, perhaps a bit fearful and certainly reflective. Often when we are in a place of trial, we remember to turn to God with our requests seeking answers, but do we remember to praise Him in our longings?
Our praise gives voice to our trust in God, regardless of the outcome. His love is better than life.
Psalm 138: 2
Psalm 28: 2
Psalm 143: 8