Because your love is better than life,
my lips will glorify you.
Comparisons can often be subjective. One person could say, “Tacos are better than sushi” and another disagree by saying, “no, if you try sushi at my favourite place you’ll agree that it’s better than tacos.” Neither would necessarily be right or wrong; they would both just be speaking to their own experience. When David makes this statement of comparison he is also speaking to his experience when he says, “your kindness is better than life!” The word that is translated as life is the Hebrew word chay which refers to the totality of the human experience. In other words, David is saying, “I have found your love to be better than food, accomplishment, beauty, community, youth, money, power and anything else that I’ve experience in this life.”
Sometimes we compare the love of God to bad things, like it’s better than punishment, or fear or shame or guilt or poverty. That comparison is true…obviously…but His love is better than the best things too!