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Love for God needs nurture to develop. Without feeding the fires of passion die and our attention moves on to other things. This relationship with God is worth nurturing because God brings a new dimension to our lives: A unique relationship. We cannot see Him for He is Spirit, and we relate through means that are often unclear, yet He knows us better than we know ourselves. There is the opportunity for intimacy beyond anything possible on earth, even the most intimate marriage.
Deut 6:4-9 shows us how the Lord desired the people of Israel to express their passion about their love for Him, for love that is not expressed becomes passionless and flat. The passage ends with a mention of symbols. In our culture the most common way of people displaying symbols is for the sports team they support.
Deuteronomy 6: 4 "Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.*5 And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
When I first became a Christian people talked about loving God, and frankly I had no idea what they were talking about. If this is the case for you, don’t worry Pursue God with all your heart, spend time with His people, with time, as you look back you will discover that the kind of love God desires has arrived, maybe without your even being aware of it.
Psalm 84 is an expression of love for God. It’s setting is that of going on pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem. I will be taking this symbolically with Jerusalem as the place of the presence of the Lord. This intimacy with God does not come naturally, but is developed as we walk with Him, his way. The rest of the page will work through Psalm 84
Psalm 84:1-2 1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of Heaven's Armies. 2 I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.
4 What joy for those who can live in your house, always singing your praises.
The place of intimacy with God is not necessarily somewhere you arrive at. It can also be a journey. Even a journey that takes you through the valley of Baca - an arid waterless wasteland, symbolically a place devoid of any experience of God’s presence.
5 What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. 6 When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,* it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. 7 They will continue to grow stronger, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.
This is not just for spiritual giants like this Psalm writer, this is for you! It begins as you invite the Lord to join you in your life, through prayer in every situation, and spending time to feed on Him through reading the Bible.
NURTURE LOVE FOR GOD