HE and I went on a date this morning. Okay, we're pretty much gonna spend the day together. All of the "spiritual foreplay" of testifying to His perfection this week via this blog series had me yearning to be more intimate with Him. (Such an unexpected and beautiful benefit!) So, WE went to the beach. It seemed an appropriate place to be together, what with the bajillions of spiritual metaphors the ocean He made brings (My favorite this time was the way the waves would build up to something right before they had this mega impact on the water in front of it. Oh, how often I have seen my God do this very thing in life!) My Best Friend and I just got to sit and talk. I told Him about how much of a joy it is to be in love with Him, and He reminded me of Psalm 36:7-10:
"How precious is your STEADFAST LOVE, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the ABUNDANCE of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights,
For with you is the fountain of LIFE;
in your light do we see LIGHT.
Oh, continue your steadfast LOVE to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!" (emphasis mine)
The wave of this truth, the bottomless depths of it struck my heart with a kind of stunning profundity. It is in His Love that there is abundance and endless life and light. It cannot be found anywhere else because nothing else is the Source of all of those "things." If I can feast, there must be PLENTY to keep me full and satisfied. How could this not make me think of Psalm 34:8:
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is GOOD!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!" (emphasis mine)
Yes, my Exceedingly Great Valentine:
Empathizes. is Near & Outstanding. & his love is Unceasing. is Gentle & Handles everything.
He is Enough, yes, more than enough. Nothing I desire can compare with Him, and rightly so because nothing else is ABLE to do what He can in a heart. Even withing a week of drawing near to Him.
So, dear reader, and I earnestly hope, Lover of God, may today and everyday be one where He overwhelms You with His consistent, never-failing, intimate, kind, perfect, secure, incomparable merciful and gracious LOVE. Keep fixing your eyes on Him, ever removing any threat ("Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love." Jonah 2:8) to closeness with your Tender and Outstanding Savior.