“I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord, my Strength. The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower. I will call upon the Lord, Who is to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:1-3)
“In my distress I called upon the Lord and cried to my God; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him into His very ears. Then the earth quaked and rocked, the foundations also of the mountains trembled; they moved and were shaken because He was indignant and angry.” (Psalm 18:6-7)
“He delivered me from my strong enemy and from those who hated and abhorred me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted and came upon me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my stay and support. He brought me forth also into a large place; He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:17-19)
This is a Psalm of King David, a man after God’s own heart, the Bible says. This is long, but the faith in God that David shows is inspiring, to say the least! The thing that struck me when reading this Psalm this morning is David’s fully-persuaded faith in his God. He knew that God loved him even more fervently than he loved God and because he knew that, He utterly trusted God to help him out of every calamity that came upon him.
If you read about the life of King David, you will see a man whose life was full and I mean full of calamity! David is a man that we can relate to. Yes, He was a king, but he was a real guy with real problems who trusted in a great big God.
The very first words out of David’s lips in this Psalm is “I love You, Lord.” Did you know that God loves us to say we love Him? In any intimate relationship, the words “I love you” are spoken a lot. Husbands and wives, say I love you throughout the day because of the intimacy of their relationship. The relationship we have with the Lord should be equally intimate with the words “I love You” spoken often to the Lord!
When a man is passionately in love with his wife, what does he do if someone hurts her? He rises up in anger at the person who hurt her! He is fully prepared to do some serious damage to anyone who dares to hurt his beloved. That is what passionate love looks like and that is exactly the way God feels about you and me. The Bible says “He was delivering me because He was pleased with me and delighted in me.”
Jesus Christ is the lover of our souls. He is our bridegroom and He is passionately in love with you and me. It is in the intimate relationship where this level of trust is built. It is in the intimate relationship where love deepens and passion ignites. In the middle of life’s calamities, the Lover of our soul is there to bring us to a large place. We come out stronger on the other side of every battle when we put our trust and faith in Him. Make the decision today to pursue more intimacy with the lover of your soul: Jesus Christ….
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