BECAUSE Andy Hollifield 11-26-18
Psalms 116:1 I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
“Because” as a part of speech is a conjunction. It has a simple definition: for the reason that; and due to the fact that. It joins two words, phrases or thoughts together and gives a rational explanation of one thought by another. The word is used 1209 in the bible. This scripture is the only time the phrase “I love the Lord” is used in scripture. A similar thought using “because” is conveyed in 1 John 4:19 “We love him, because he first loved us.” It is also the only time that is found in scripture. It may only be said once; but it is demonstrated constantly throughout scripture.
I began to look at some of the behaviors of David and his rationale for behaving that way. After all, the bible says in 1 Samuel 18 that David behaved himself wisely. If you look in Psalms 13:6, he said he sings “because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” Psalms 16:8 He says he puts the Lord first and because the Lord is with him, he will not be moved. In Psalms 18:19 he says that the Lord delivered him “because he delighted in me.” Isn’t it good to know that the Lord delights in you? Think about that one when the devil tries to beat you down. In Psalms 28:6 he blesses the Lord “Because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.” In Psalms 91:14 a promise from the Lord is given and explained. “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high because he hath known my name.” Verse 14-16 tell us more benefits of setting our love on the Lord. He will deliver us, set us on high, hear and answer us when we call, be with us in our trouble, deliver us, and honor us. “With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” Talk about fringe benefits, and all because we set our love on him. Then in 116:1 David loved God “Because he hath heard my voice.” In 116:2 He said “Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live.” I like that word “inclined.” That means that the Lord leans over and listens to us. Just like a daddy does his little child when there is so much noise that the child can’t speak above it. We may get in places of noise where we can’t speak above it, but it will never get so noisy that God can’t hear our cry above the noise.
One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Are you in a place where you can’t find peace in your life? Put your trust in the Lord and keep your mind on him. Sometimes we do like Peter did when he walked on the water. We get our mind off of the Lord and on our circumstances. The result is always the same; fear sets in and we begin to sink.
Because he first loved us, we can love him. Because he listens, I’ll keep praying and trusting. Because he stands by me, I won’t be moved. Because he has blessed me, I’ll keep singing. Because he loves us, he will keep us in “perfect peace” if our mind is stayed on him. Perfect peace, “that passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Not the world’s peace but his peace. And because we have that perfect peace, we don’t have to be afraid or troubled. Why? Because he said so, that’s why. Just because he loves us. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!