Friday, September 3, 2010

#62 - Intimate Love

Buenos dias! To start off I want to say.... 
We are getting ready to head out of town, yet again. We will be on a scheduled trip with Tyler's sisters and cousin and their families. Should be a good time! I have things to catch up on still after being gone for 2 weeks. Normalcy will maybe BEGIN to sink in next week. I can follow up with unanswered emails and calls to make. If you are one of those people....I'm getting to it, I promise!

Today's Reading Schedule: Proverbs 31:10-31, Proverbs 3, Psalms 3, 33, 63, 93, 123

Psalms 63:1 - O GOD, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.
Psalms 93:4 - The Lord on high is mightier and more glorious than the noise of many waters, yes, than the mighty breakers and waves of the sea
Proverbs 31:15a - She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household...
Wow... what interesting words. Powerful really. But, isn't it all powerful?! So... as we read, to give you a little bit of a background, in Psalms 63, David is talking here and is in the wilderness. I'm not sure if your conversation with God is different than what David's is here, but if you can see through David being a man... read it again. His words describe such intimacy. Such love. Such desire. And all of this is aimed at his Lord, his God. I'm going to begin later in the verse, and include verses 3a, 5a & 8. As you read this, maybe put on different eyes. It's almost as if you could imagine the upcoming words being in a romance novel..... check this out.... 
Earnestly I will seek you; my inner self thirst for you, my flesh longs and is faint for you... Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. My whole being follows hard after you and clings closely to you; Your right hand upholds me.
As you read those words... if you are married, it sounds more like something you would say to your husband or wife during a time of intimacy. It sounds like love. It sounds like depth...fullness. More than just a "father-son" relationship... or a "yes sir, no sir" relationship. More than just a "heavenly Father, if it be your will..." relationship. The sound of Davids relationship with the Lord here is different. It shows a relationship of depth, of love, of friendship.... but more than all that, of intimacy. David loves the Lord. A deep love that some of us may only be able to relate to a love for a spouse or child. A love that shows no boundries. A love that says, you know everything about me. A love that says YOU O LORD are the most important thing to me. I must have You! Above all else, Lord, I CAN NOT live without a realtionship with You! If I were to guess, David's talk here to the Lord sounds different than how most people talk to the Lord. David shows evidence of intimacy with the Lord. 

I don't know about you.... but I would guess, this is the type of relationship that EVERY person LONGS to have! They may not know that they LONG to have this relationship with the Lord... or they may not know that the Lord can fulfull this kind of relationship. But as we see from David... it is possible. Husband or Wife was not meant or designed to meet ALL the needs that we have! That is when failed marriages occur. When we expect our spouse to fill a need or desire... a friendship and relationship that is shaped and designed to be filled by only One. By Jesus. By our relationship with the Lord... our morning communion with the Holy Spirit. When we begin to rely on our spouse to be the "be all, end all"... it is then when they will often disappoint us. They are human and can not possibily fill the same shoes that an OMNIPOTENT Father can fill. 

As we look at the life of the Proverbs 31 woman, we know that she does get filled up spiritually. We know that she excels all the women in the Bible... because it says so in Proverbs 31:29. We could study the lives of all the women in the Bible to determine how deep of a relationship our Proverbs 31 friend had.... but the one that comes to mind immediately is the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42. You know the story. Jesus comes to the house of Martha, she invites Him in and as Martha is preparing & busying herself... she is growing angry and annoyed. I can picture it. She is doing everything. She is getting drinks for the company, getting a veggie tray ready, snacks ready. Cleaning up the kitchen and dishes so everything appears perfect and presentable. She is doing it all. She pushes her hair back from her eyes with her forearm, not wanting to get her wet, clean fingers in her hair. All the while, it is as if steam is rising from her forehead... from her ears... from her pursed lips. She is obviously very frustrated at the lack of help she is receiving. All the while... there sits Mary. Like a little girl. Sitting at Jesus' feet, hanging on every word. Hungry. Not for the fruit or veggie tray that Martha is making... but hungry for every word Jesus is saying. Like she is listening to a suspenseful story, hanging on each and every next word. Mary is hungry to be around Jesus. She just wants to be with Him, to hear from Him, to be in His very presense. Martha comes out frustrated as the story continues in verse 40, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" 41"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed.Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

Like David and like Mary.... begin to choose the most important. You will love and be drawn to what you spend the most time doing. If you are a weight lifter or runner, the more time you spend doing that, the more you will be hungry for it.... the more you will want to be in the gym or crave to go for those runs. If you spend a lot of time watching TV, movies, on Facebook, the more time you will want to continue to do those things. But equally so, the more time you spend with the Lord, the more time you spend in the Word, in prayer, in communication with the Holy Spirit.... the more you will hunger for those things! As you grow to desire those things, you relationship with your heavenly Father will grow more intimate. And, I know for me... I want a relationship with the Lord like David had. To be know as, a woman after God's own heart. To have friendship with the one who can never let me down. To experience perfect love.

So today... evaluate your time. Are you spending enough time with your Jesus that it could get to that of mirroring the relationship that David had? What does your relationship look like with Jesus? Are you a stranger? An acquaintance? A friend? A best friend? An intimate friend? Or so close you could be classified as a lover? As we often read in Psalms or sing in songs, "lover of my soul." One who possesses a friendship that is deep and full. That is my desire.

Decide today. What time of relationship do you want? Now pursue it.

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