Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
Experiencing love and reflecting that love back to God in adoration and praise are two strands, spun together, that make up this "vertical habit". (I think I said that more clearly in the children's sermon than in the longer version on Sunday.)
The Psalmist said it in an even shorter and sweeter version!
Here's your love quote for the day:
I still believe that love is the most durable power in the world . . .
The one who loves is a participant in the being of God.
-The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - "The Most Durable Power"
So another way to check on our vertical habit would be to ask,
"How did I participate in the being of God today?"