I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. Ps 18:1-3.
I’ve loved the Lord for a very long time. He has been my rock, the one I turn to for help and guidance. He has been there every time I have ever called on Him for – anything. He has answered my prayers through Scripture, through my friends, and even through people I didn’t know. He was there when I hit rock bottom. He picked me up, dusted me off, and sent me back out restored and refreshed once again. I love the Lord. But, I never understood when people would say that they were ‘in love’ with the Lord. I just didn’t get it. I could tell there was a difference in the way I loved Him by the way they said it.
Then, my life changed. I got a knock on the door from two soldiers in full dress uniform. There is only one reason for a visit such as this when you have a child serving in the military.
“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.” Ps. 116:1-2. My cries were loud, seemed endless, and He heard each one. He caught my tears and wiped them away with His hands of mercy. He saved me from my enemies, those who live in the slimy pit of mud and mire; bitterness, never-ending sorrow, and resentment. He waited for me to get a foothold onto my new “firm place to stand”. Ps 40:1-2.
God has never left my side through this season of intense grief, most of the time, I believe, He’s had carry me. I am now totally in-love with the Lord and forever will be. Perhaps before it was a puppy love of sorts, a young immature love. Now it is a stalwart love, one that my crushed heart offers willingly to the One who constantly mends and cares for it.
My prayer for you today is that you fall in-love with the Lord and experience the difference. Be sure to share your ‘new song’ so “Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord”. Ps 40:3