The Most Important Thing

It is no accident that David opens Psalm 18:1 by saying, “I love You, O Lord my strength.” His love for Yahweh was the first and most important thing in his life — and should be in ours as well.

This verse is a reminder — in case we get away from it, and have it swamped under by SO many other competing attitudes and activities — that the Bible reveals to us a LOVE relationship with God. We are to LOVE Him! He loves us; we love Him. It is not only “fear” Him, or “worship” Him (though that is certainly involved), or “ask” Him for things, or “serve” Him (which feverish activities so many of us are good at!) — but also, and primarily, “LOVE” Him.” Remember Jesus said THE great commandment is “Love YHWH your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” This is the most important thing, and what it is all about.

— it is not all about family or marriage, though they are extremely important
— it is not all about church growth, though we certainly want to reach people and bring them into this love relationship
— it is not all about church standards and policies, though we want our churches to reflect and glorify Him.

It IS all about loving God. HE is the center, the focus of it all, and THE single greatest thing any of us can do any day, is merely to love Him. If we get up in the morning and spend some time just loving God and singing to Him, we have done the single most important thing we could have done that day.

The introduction to the Psalm (contained in the Hebrew scripture, by the way) says that David “spoke the words of this song to the Lord in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul.” In other words, after all he had been through, and when he was finally delivered from all his enemies, David had this to say: “I love You, O YHWH.” When all was said and done, this was the most important thing to him.

And it is for us as well. What is the most important thing you can do today? Love God. Sing to Him a song like David did: “I love You, O YHWH my strength.”

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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