Suggested Reading: Psalm 31:7-8
It is difficult to be interested in the emotions of someone we don’t care for. On the other hand when we love someone, we are sincerely interested in their emotions.
Today, when someone’s emotions are consistently invalidated, it is called a kind of emotional abuse. We all desire to be understood and validated. Love and understanding go hand-in-hand and it is exceedingly frustrating and painful when someone we think loves us, disregards and shows no interest in our emotions or make no effort to understand where we’re coming from. But there is one comforting thought provided for us throughout Scripture: God loves you and understands you, even when no one else does.
In this psalm, David praises God for His love and deliverance. He evidently has a deep understanding of God’s love. He understands that the release he received from his affliction did not come from his own planning and power, but from the love of God. He understands that the mere fact that God took an interest in the anguish of his soul is proof of God’s love for Him.
No matter how insignificant it may seem, we take a keen interest in the emotions of our children –most especially when they are upset. The reason is simple: We love and care for them deeply. When our child cries over a lost toy, we don’t brush it aside as rubbish. Instead, we make an effort to put ourselves in their situation and understand how upsetting it must be from their perspective.
God did exactly that. He put Himself in our situation, so to speak. He became a Man, so that He could share in our humanity with all its joys and pains. And therefore, we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.
David knew he could take his cares to God and that God will be sincerely interested in the reason for his anguish –even if it appears insignificant to an all-powerful God from our human perspective. He understood that God will put Himself in his place and take an interest in what bothers him. Jesus later confirmed this when He said that God even numbers the hairs on our heads. I believe that if someone is interested in me to the point that He will number of hairs on my head, then there must be very little else about me that will not interest him.
Having experienced God’s deliverance, this psalm is much more than just a song to David. He has been personally touched by God’s love and therefore he declares that he will be glad and rejoice in the knowledge of this love. For so many out there, the love of God is just a term. They have not had a personal experience of His love. They have not tasted it. They have not felt it warm their hearts. It doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love them, it’s just that they haven’t had a personal encounter with this Love.
I read somewhere that we should be slow to judge someone who has never encountered true love, for love has the capacity to melt the hardest of hearts. My prayer is that all those who seek for love, and have been doing so looking in all the wrong places, will have a personal and intimate encounter with the love of Christ –the kind of love where a man will lay down His life for His friends. Notice how God’s expression of love for us was more than just emotion; it was an action. He came and took the punishment we deserved. I know this one thing: No one who has experienced this love can ever be the same again. I pray that people will know this love for themselves.
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)