Tuesday, December 20, 2011

One Minute Devotion: Psalm 91: 14-16

Psalm 91: 14-16

Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him, and honor him. With length of days will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation.

Imagine God, creator of the universe, master of all, sovereign, almighty, all powerful, whose one greatest desire, of all things, is that we love Him and "know" His name. He waits for us to trust and follow Him, so He may in turn, deliver us from the condemnation of our sin, not His. He will set us on high above all consequence of sin and makes us righteous through His grace. When we call upon Him in need He hears us, and answers us. Whether we appreciate that answer or not. He carries us through troubles, trials, and tribulation. He honors us, even though we are ineligible and incapable of earning or deserving that honor. He provides us strength in dark times, light to overcome shadow, saves us from every enemy, from ourselves. Why? The answer may be beyond our comprehension. God loves us. As simple as that may sound it is a love that is infinite a mystery to mortal souls. There are actually three types of love. Two we know well. The third passes through our mental grasp like sand through a siv. The first type, we are all acutely familiar with, it is the force that, at first, provides attraction. Eros, the sexual love, also called infatuation, attraction, and puppy love. It is the "hotness" we see in a future mate, makes the heart beat fast when you touch his or her hand for the first time, and contributes to countless cold showers if one practices abstinence, as they should. Eros is the simplest of love, and the most fleeting and temporal. It is by no means what any relationship should be based, however, unfortunately, it is what most relationships are based in. The primary driver of a 50% divorce rate in our culture. Eros can develop into lust and worse if unchecked. pool when compared to God's love for us. This is the love you feel for your children, parents, sibling, and friends. The love that forgives, forgets, allows you to see past the eccentricities of our relations and love them despite themselves. Of course, the same may be said for the way they think about us. This love transcends physicality and appearance it is substantive and selfless, but still limited. Finally, there is God's love, Agape, unconditional, unrelenting, unending, and unreasonable. It is unreasonable because we have done absolutely nothing to gather or justify His love. We are a rebellious, stubborn, ignorant, and self destructive people who, before God's intervention through His grace, were thoroughly oblivious to His principles, love, and desire for unity with Him. Yet God determined for reunion sent His only son to die for our sins, so we could have an ever deepening and breathtaking relationship with Him. It only makes sense to Him, an infinite, wonderous, miraculous God. What a world this would be if we could only hold a grain of that love and give it to others. Wait, we can, because God gives us the ability to tap into it if we only let Him. Dear God live everyday through me. Granted that one request, how utterly brilliant life would be. The impact on this world for you would be inconceivable. God bless.

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