“I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.” Psalm 18:1 (KJV)
For us to love GOD is the desire of His heart, and should be the desire of our heart. The first four of the Ten Commandments have to do with our loving Him. Yet true love for God cannot be legislated it must come from the heart.
David loved the LORD. It was due to God’s love for David. That is why we love God. He first loved us.
The title of this song is given as,
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,
We too have been delivered from our enemy; that is sin and death; through the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ God’s holy Son.
Charles Spurgeon’s commentary in THE TREASURY OF DAVID of this verse,
“I will love thee, O Lord.” With strong, hearty affection will I cling to thee; as a child to its parent, or a spouse to her husband. The word is intensely forcible, the love is of the deepest kind. “I will love heartily, with my inmost bowels.” Here is a fixed resolution to abide in the nearest and most intimate union with the Most High. Our triune God deserves the warmest love of all our hearts. Father, Son and Spirit have each a claim upon our love. The solemn purpose never to cease loving naturally springs from present fervour of affection. It is wrong to make rash resolutions, but this when made in the strength of God is most wise and fitting. “My strength.” Our God is the strength of our life, our graces, our works, our hopes, our conflicts, our victories. This verse is not found in 1 Sam 22, and is a most precious addition, placed above all and after all to form the pinnacle of the temple, the apex of the pyramid. Love is still the crowning grace.
Remember that we can only love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). He loved us even when we were yet His enemies, and sent His Son to be our payment for our sin. Now love God.