Delight in the Savior King

Meditating on Psalm 149.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation. (vv. 2-4)

So, the past days saw me going back to the mount where the Lord had delivered His popular sermon. For days I had tarried there, hoping to meet Him, to have the chance to fling myself at His sandalled feet and touch Him. But, He wasn’t there. I only saw rocks and patches of grass amidst the dust. And His light, His glorious light that shone upon it. The mountains echoed His eternal words and I strained to listen.

But that hadn’t been enough. So, what do I really want? Maybe to wrap my arms around my Savior. How many times had I wished that? But in praise and worship, He met me. I have failings and shortcomings, but I wormed my way toward His presence through songs that came from my hungering places. Without self-condemnation, I presented myself to Him through my humble songs of praise that were more of soulful prayers. And I felt Him. He touched me and the tears streamed down. His is the love that I crave for. Always will be.

Why do we not rejoice in the Lord? He is the source of our joy, our peace, our hope. He is our greatest love. Why do we not come to Him – in our lack, in our need, in our weakness? For the Lord takes pleasure in His people. He takes pleasure in me and in you, for He has redeemed us by His own blood. Don’t let the enemy’s lies and mocking whispers bar you from approaching the throne of grace. Delight in your Savior King for He takes pleasure in it.

Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth… (vv. 5-6)

Make all effort to discern your listlessness, your discontent, your sorrow, your emptiness. Your hunger. It maybe that your soul is parched for the living God, the precious Savior, the Lover of our souls.

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A Beautiful Love Story

What does your love story with the Lord Jesus look like? Where are you in your relationship with Him? Are you dancing with Your Redeemer King to beautiful music, being in step with Him in every beat of the rhythm of your love, honor, and devotion to Him? Being held in His everlasting arms, and you know for certain that, in that beautiful dance, you are loved and cherished and kept for eternity? Oh, what a beautiful love story our Savior weaves around His redeemed! It had begun on that very first day of Creation. And God hasn’t relented on His love for us ever since.

Or are you chasing love in all the wrong directions? Have you run so far away and yet, you have not taken hold of it? Have you sought it in your career and dreams of success? Or in your relationships, in the people in your life, yes, in the men that seem to go in and out of your life? I know someone close to me who has been looking for it in all her failed relationships. Large amount of time has passed in desolation, in yearning. Years that have probably made her tremble in fear as doubts enveloped her heart. Will I ever find the love I’m searching for? Will I ever feel complete, feel cherished by a man who loves me unconditionally and forever?

What I want her to know is that – she needs to be complete first in the love that covers all, the love of Jesus, before she could ever find true fulfilment in anything. Including a fulfilling love relationship with a man, the man God has destined for her.

Sometimes, in our eagerness to grasp this love, we weave stories of our own. They remain hidden in our fantasies, deep in the recesses of our hearts and minds. And sometimes, we drown those deep longings with whatever our hands can take hold of. I had a friend who drowned her sorrows in wine and nightspots. She was painfully wanting the sustaining love of her husband which she couldn’t have, for he also was lost and looking for love elsewhere. What a life!

We do all these not realizing that the Lord Jesus Christ has woven the greatest love story humankind will ever know. That when we’ve known it, He will fill us with this love, the kind of love that fills up every crack, every void, every hurting place. A love that binds up our wounds and heals all our broken places. Oh, I know this so well! He wove a beautiful love story with me that will sustain me through eternity! (I’ll remember to tell you that next time).

He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds. (Ps. 147:3)

The Samaritan woman at the well whom the Lord met – she had had five husbands and the one she was with at the time was not her husband. In my mind, she was like the person close to me I mentioned earlier – she’d been looking for love so hard she had to go through five failed relationships. But on that day at the well, she met the Messiah who told her:

…“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13)

On that day, the Samaritan woman met Jesus and received the living water. Her search had ended. Her thirst for love was quenched, for this would carry her to everlasting life.

Dear one, look behind you. You might have run so fast in your hurry to find love you’ve passed Jesus by. He just might be right behind you, pursuing you, calling your name, knocking at your heart’s door. I tell you – let Him in. And find the greatest love you’ve always wanted.

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My Greatest Love

There was no Journey Through the Psalms Friday today because…

I’m just coming out of a crisis. A crisis of colossal proportions. I started to write a Christian romance novel many weeks back, thinking I was answering a deep need. A need I didn’t realize was my own and not necessarily my readers’. I hit a snag a few days ago as I began to see the underlying meaning of it all. I had written short of 50,000 words and along the way, was getting more and more “involved” with my main characters that I felt I was living through them. Or wanted so much to live through them. You know, to feel the thrill of pure love and unadulterated romance in my veins once again.

But one night, I went to bed uttering short prayers even as my body succumbed to weariness and sleep. Why am I doing this? This is not good. And I knew then, that what I was really doing was looking for something to satiate the deep hunger and thirst inside me. How was that even possible? I had known that deep thirst before and the only One who could quench it. I had found my way to the well just as the Samaritan woman did.

But there were distractions, diversions along the journey.

People seek love. I believe no one’s exempted from this need. That’s why people devour romance novels and movies; spend hours in fantasies and daydreams. They look for it in their relationships and marriages and in the things they do. And yet, the hunger remains not fully satisfied. That’s because novels and movies are not reality and husbands can only do as much. They are men with weaknesses and flaws, too, not the dashing heroes we read about (for these are just products of the author’s own fantasies).

No. None of these will ever be enough. Because the truest truth is that: only JESUS can complete us. Only He can satiate the deep hunger. Only He can quench our thirst so that we’ll never thirst again.

We feast on the love story of Ruth and Boaz, how that Boaz redeemed Ruth and loved her completely; of Salmon and Rahab, how this Judean prince stormed the harlot’s chamber to deliver her and her family when the walls of Jericho came crumbling down, and later on making her his wife; even of Hosea and Gomer, how the faithful and obedient prophet married and loved the harlot Gomer unconditionally. We fall in love with them. But truth is, that is Jesus loving us! He is the Redeemer in Ruth, the Savior and Deliverer in the story of the Wall of Jericho, and the Lover of our unfaithful souls in Hosea who never gives up on us.

Jesus is the greatest love we could ever have. Our Defender, our Hero, our Champion, our King. He is our Bridegroom, we are His beloved Bride. And He loves us fiercely and intensely. Wouldn’t you want to be held in the everlasting arms of the Savior King?

Listen to this song and fall in love with Jesus all over again. (Consider turning off the music player found at the bottom of the side bar – thank you).

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