Tag Archive | God’s love

Psalm 108

My heart is steadfast. Unwavering. Loyal to You.
I will sing and make music and put everything into it.
I will awaken the dawn with my music.
I will praise You among all nations.
Your love is great – higher than the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted – praised and lifted up – above the heavens.
Let Your glory and perfection be over all the earth.

Save us, help us, deliver us.
The earth and all its countries belong to God.
With God our armies will conquer.

Psalm 106

Praise the Lord. Tell Him how good He is.
Give thanks to the Lord because He is good, because His love endures forever.
Endures. In spite of our inconsistencies, in spite of the hurt we cause Him, His love endures.
No one can fully declare His praise because no one fully knows Him.

Blessed are they who try to know You, who maintain justice and constantly try to do what is right – Your will.
Remember me when You show favor to Your people, come to my aid too, save me too, let me enjoy the prosperity of Your chosen ones, let me share in the joy of Your nation, let me join Your inheritance by praising You.

We have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly.
We have taken Your miracles for granted.
We have taken Your kindness for granted.
We have rebelled.

You have saved us for Your name’s sake, to make Your powers known.
You have dried up the Red Seas that try to overwhelm us – the seas of sin, negative attitudes, doubt, low self-esteem.
You have saved us from our adversaries.
Then we believe Your promises and sing Your praise.

But we soon forget what You have done, and act without waiting for Your counsel.
We give in to our cravings and put You to the test.
Then we grumble and don’t obey.
We rebel against Your Spirit.

Yet You hear our cry and Your enduring love intervenes again.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 92

It is good:

To give thanks to God

To praise the Lord

To make music in God’s honor

To proclaim God’s love in the morning

To proclaim God’s faithfulness at night

To express gladness about God’s deeds

To sing for joy about God’s works

To marvel at how profound God’s thoughts are

To pity those who don’t understand

To rejoice that the evil enemies will perish

To flourish like a palm tree

To tell all that God is upright

To trust in the Rock

The Biblical Heart

Psalm 4:4

“Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still.” (NAS)
“Commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” (Scofield)
“Lie quietly upon your bed in silent meditation.“ (TLB)

I decided I wanted to learn more about the heart, so I dug out my concordance, and made some notes:

Toward evening, Isaac meditated in his heart, alone in the field, away from the crowd of his clan, close to nature and God. (Genesis 24:63)

“The righteous man meditates in the law of the Lord day and night.” (Psalm 1:2 – emphasis mine)

Psalm 19:14 is a plea that “the meditation of my heart” be acceptable in God’s sight.

The heart in Old Testament culture referred to desire and the mind.
God looks at the heart.

The heart is where sin and deceit originates.

The heart should be understanding, wholly devoted and serving, clean, broken and contrite, a treasure house for God’s Word, joyful, pure, gentle, humble and sincere.

God knows the secrets of the heart, can create a clean heart, and will not ignore a contrite and broken heart.

The heart affects body and mind (a joyful heart is good medicine).

Mary pondered in her heart and treasured things.

The disciples were pierced to the heart.

With the heart man believes.

Christ dwells in our hearts.

The heart and mind are to be guarded.

The Lord directs our hearts.

The heart has thoughts and intentions; experiences and produces emotions and states of being.

According to a Bible dictionary, the heart is the seat of the intellect (thoughts and intentions), the feelings (comfort), and the will (seeking). The heart is the innermost being (pierced). The heart is the whole moral nature of fallen man (deceitful).

I have no idea what a God so loving would want with my heart, but He does want it. He wanted it so much He sent His only Son to die on the cross for my sins so that my heart can be made pure for Him and for heaven. So I think for Valentine’s Day, I’ll work on meditating in my heart and allowing God more room to work His love in it and through it.

No one on earth loves us like God loves us!

God’s Love

I have always measured love by gifts. I based my parents’ love for me on all the things they provided for me until that summer day when Daddy overheard me bragging to Sandy that “since I’m an only child, my parents pretty much get me whatever I want…” Once Daddy heard that, the well dried up and I assumed he was mad at me for my cocky, selfish attitude. I also assumed that once he was done being mad at me, he’d be more generous, but that wasn’t the case. I didn’t realize until much later that he wasn’t mad at all – it was just that he didn’t want to spoil me and communication wasn’t his strong suit.

I always measured how much my husband loved me by his gifts. I remember the year I picked out a jewelry box for Valentine’s Day and when it was delivered, I told the girls in the office, “See how much my husband loves me!” Later, I realized that he didn’t love me the way I thought he did. He was just performing what he and his best friend called “marital maintenance”. I remember a business trip to Canada that he took and brought back a tiny crystal bell. I was so appreciative until his friend let it slip that he had to “shame” my husband into buying it.

Right now I’m praying for something really important, not just for me, but for others as well, here at work. It seems though, that the more I pray, the harder I pray, the worse it gets and the more tightly Your blessings are bound. I asked You what the problem was, and it occurs to me that part of the problem is me and my attitude about Your love for me. I can see how with You, too, I’ve measured Your love by Your gifts to me. They started out so abundantly – the good job, the inheritance that enabled me to have a down payment to buy the house and the dining room suite. But since I lost the good job, Your gifts aren’t as generous. The new job doesn’t pay as much and the commute is so much longer. And so I’ve distanced myself – out of shame and anger.

I confess that I’ve measured Your love for me by Your gifts, forgetting that the only gift that matters is the gift of Your Son. Buster Brown is Your dog and if You take him home today, I thank You for the time I had him and affirm that You still love me. My money is Your money, and if I lose it, I thank You for what I was able to do with it while I had it, I ask Your forgiveness for not using it better and I affirm that You still love me. The house is Your house – You picked it out for me – and if I lose it, I thank You for the wonderful sanctuary it has been and I ask Your forgiveness for not being a better steward of it, and I affirm that You still love me.

No matter what happens, You have always loved me, You love me now, and You always will love me.

I Only Wanted

The phrase kept running through my head
So I decided to get it out and on paper

I only wanted to be loved and cherished and held close
I only wanted to be comforted and encouraged
I only wanted to be needed, not used
I only wanted to please, not disappoint

God wants to love me and cherish me and hold me close, but I won’t let Him
God is trying to comfort me and encourage me but I don’t listen and when I do listen, I don’t believe
God needs me, but I see it as wanting to use me
It’s each person’s choice to be satisfied or not

God too wants to be loved and cherished and held close
How He must hurt – much more than I do
Still, He reaches out and offers what we ignore or refuse

God too wants to be needed and not used
How He must hurt – much more than I do
Still, He reaches out and offers what we ignore or refuse

God’s purpose isn’t to please, but to provide the best
Like spoiled children
we demand something else or something more

God’s purpose isn’t to disappoint, but to discipline
Like spoiled children
we throw tantrums and cry and complain

Like a loving father, Father continues
to provide the best for us and to discipline us
ignoring our pouting and self-pity
Hoping that one day we’ll understand
Knowing He’ll have to wait until heaven

Only tremendous love
can bear so much pain and hurt