True Love

True Love

Psalm 27:8 (NLT) My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

I made the mistake last night of making a “quick” trip to the grocery store to pick up dinner. I ordered ahead so the sandwiches would be waiting in the pickup window. In and out, right? Big mistake. The parking lot was packed. Not a single parking spot available. After finally finding one, I notice more men than usual exciting with small bags and bouquets. Ah, Valentine’s Day! Just inside the entrance, there was a huge display stocked with flowers and a refrigerated case with people waiting for more chocolate covered strawberries to arrive. Men were circling the flowers like sharks a fishing boat. Grabbing the last box of coveted chocolates and trying to find the perfect card. I have a confession. My husband and I do not really celebrate Valentine’s Day. We have always done a little something for our kids and now our grandson but forego the expensive dinner and crowded restaurants with hour-long waitlists. Expensive flowers given by a forced objective are not my style. I would rather random bouquets for no particular reason. My husband shows me love 365 days a year in so many different ways – how could he figure out a way to top it in one single gesture?

One of my favorite days is Sunday. Not only because it is set aside for worshipping God and the Sabbath but most Sunday afternoons include a nap followed by a Sunday drive with my husband. We just get in the truck and leisurely explore. It gives us the opportunity to talk, communicate and dream together. I love this time together. It is intimate and personal. It is time. The only commodity given to us that cannot be replaced or replenished. Once a second ticks off the clock, it can never be returned. This morning I was thinking about the circus at the store last night. And it hit me…

Psalm 27:8 is such a wonderfully intimate expression of David’s relationship with the Lord. My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming!” Relationships take time. Successful unions require immeasurable grace and complete commitment to succeed. Those who receive Jesus as Savior and love Him as Lord are considered the “bride of Christ”. The Spirit prepares the Bride and the Bride calls to Jesus to come! (Revelation 22:17) We must know the Lord intimately, personally and completely to understand just how important this love affair is and experience the blessings and benefits of such intimacy. In natural marriage, it is said that two become one in a spiritual, soulful and natural sense. We are to be one with Christ. (Philippians 3:8-9)

Cody Carnes wrote a popular worship song called “Nothing Else.” The bridge says, “I just want You, Nothing else, nothing else, nothing else will do, I just want You. Another popular worship song “Set A Fire” by Will Reagan says, “No place I would rather be than here in Your Love, here in Your Love! Here in Your Love! And finally one more by Bethel Music, “My Soul Sings” in the bridge, “All I want is just to know Your Heart and would you keep me here until we’re one”. I love worship music. It is easily one of my favorite parts of a church service. But do we really mean it! The Lord isn’t after lip service, but heart surrender. He love us perfectly and only desires us to love Him completely in return. This love promotes a participation of faith and trust that makes His Commandments our purpose not our burdens. Why? Because we love Him and want Him to know it in every possible conceivable way. Not one day a week. But every single day in every single moment. Marriage is hard work. It requires our full attention and complete commitment to survive life! It means nothing (and no one else) will do – only our significant other. It is the confession that there is “no place I would rather be than present in our partner’s love”. And the promise to remain in the relationship until one with each other. This is the relationship that the Lord desires with us. Oneness. Completeness. Wholeness. Intimacy. Otherwise… we have missed the point of salvation completely.

Psalm 78:35-39 (NLT) Then they remembered that God was their rock, that God Most High was their redeemer. But all they gave him was lip service; they lied to him with their tongues. Their hearts were not loyal to him. They did not keep his covenant. Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins and did not destroy them all. Many times he held back his anger and did not unleash his fury! For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone like a breath of wind that never returns.

Oh for the unfailing love and goodness of God that constantly pursues us! (Psalm 23:6) God is after your heart today! Jesus thought you were worth dying for! The Holy Spirit is constantly working in our heart and mind to fully convince us of His Love so that we will stop giving it to worthless things. It is easy to learn a song and sing it Sunday after Sunday and never fully grasp what it is we are singing about or who we are singing to. Sometimes in marriage, the fire must be rekindled. The passion reaffirmed. There are days when the commitment of love keeps you together because our emotions are checked out. God desires a love affair with each one of us – personal, intimate and true. He desires commitment, communication and attention that shows Him that He is our priority. After all, we expect nothing less of our partners, spouses or significant others. Like those who took the time and inconvenience of going into a crowded store tired from working all day just to be sure that their loved one was honored on Valentine’s Day, so it is with God! So today, this day set aside to honor our true loves, why not reconnect with our first love! Let God know that we love Him first and most! Thank Him for the love that fills our life. Thank Him for loving us enough to send Jesus! Just a quick check to be sure that the words our mouth and mediation of our heart please the Lover of our Soul! He is worthy of all our love, not just today, but every day! God wants you! Just you! All of you! Nothing else you do will satisfy Him until He has all of you! I pray for a fresh dose of first love to overtake you today. I ask the Lord to pour out His Love over you today is such a rich and thick abundance that you will run back into His Arms today! His Unfailing Love and Goodness are waiting for you!

Revelation 2:2-4 (NLT) I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. You have patiently suffered for me without quitting. But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!

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