Psalm 48:9 “Within Your temple, O God, we meditate on Your unfailing love.” (NIV)
Think of all the action words we use to encourage others, as well as ourselves, in having a successful walk with Christ: Seek, pray, believe, submit, humble, devote, wait, and love. These are all words that align and move you in right relationship with God. These words are great navigators of your faith, but they become empowered when they are rooted in God’s unfailing love for you. In human relationships you cultivate love with time and action. You cultivate love with your Heavenly Father through an increasing appreciation and recognition of His unfailing love for you… which also comes from time and action with Him. Just as in a human relationship you do not stop cultivating love; in your divine relationship you continue to go deeper and deeper into God’s love. Psalm 63:1-2 wonderfully illustrates this cultivation of love for God, “O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory.” (NIV) Look where this passion and love for God took David – into God’s sanctuary beholding His power and His glory! It is that type of relationship with God that connects you to God’s will and empowerment.
This verse is powerful in your Christian walk because it hits on one of the most important elements in experiencing and releasing God in your life – spending time meditating, waiting, praying, and basking in God’s unfailing love. Your tendency is to want action – pray and receive; seek and find; believe and get. These are great promises, but God’s greatest promise is His unfailing love for you. Psalm 73:25 shows how God’s love should exceed any need and desire in your life, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You.” (NIV) Would you describe your relationship with Christ as one that is expanding and growing in love, or an accommodating partnership of doing and getting? In Philippians 1:22-23 you see how Paul fell on the side of loving Christ, “If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” (NIV) Meditate on God’s love and allow His love to captivate your heart. Psalm 37:3b shows the combination of cultivating love for God and being a living vessel for God, “Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.” (NASB) Develop a lifestyle of dwelling in the love and grace of God and responsively living life out of that relationship as you hear and receive more of His love as you cultivate faithfulness to follow Him.
Psalm 63:3-5 “Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You.” (NIV)
Do you know someone who needs this message on developing a deeper relationship with God? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ.
Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and "Deeper With God."
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