1-4 The God-rebel tunes in to sedition— all ears, eager to sin. He has no regard for God, he stands insolent before him. He has smooth-talked himself into believing that his evil will never be noticed. Words gutter from his mouth, dishwater dirty. can’t remember when he did anything decent. Every time he goes to bed, he fathers another evil plot. When he’s loose on the streets, nobody’s safe. He plays with fire
and doesn’t care who gets burned. 5-6 God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.
7-9 How exquisite your love, O God! How eager we are to run under your wings, To eat our fill at the banquet you spread as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water. You’re a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light. 10-12 Keep on loving your friends; do your work in welcoming hearts. Don’t let the bullies kick me around, the moral midgets slap me down. Send the upstarts sprawling flat on their faces in the mud.
–Psalm 36 (The Message by Eugene Peterson)
When the world defines you by what you do/Love will show you whose you are
All a part of God’s great family/This is why we love, this is why we love
Battles rage and lines are drawn in the sand/Cause we learn to live in fear
Love comes down with the promise of something new/It’s greater than the fear, love is greater than the fear
Sometimes we can’t see/Lord help us believe, believe/In faith, hope/And the greatest of these is love
Faith, hope/And the greatest of these is love
Steve Lindsley, “Greatest of These”