Great Love Of God

Worship to GodI remember singing a hymn in church as a young kid called “The Love Of God”. I remember that the words of that song attempted to describe something that was indescribable. I remember the second verse the best. Check this out…

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Chorus: Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song. (author Frederick Lehman)

I can only write about what I know about God’s love for me. I’ve seen His love for others. I’m experienced His love first hand in my life. God’s love is a conviction of mine that is not up for negotiation. He has been faithful even when I’m unfaithful. I can’t wrap my head around His Grace or His Love. They are both inner connected and inseparable.

David writes about the rescue of God many times in the Psalms. David realizes that he’s never along –God is always there to rescue and save. Check this out…

You, God, know my folly;
    my guilt is not hidden from you.

Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    may those who hope in you
    not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel,
    may those who seek you
    not be put to shame because of me.

13 But I pray to you, Lord,
    in the time of your favor;
in your great love, O God,
    answer me with your sure salvation.
14 Rescue me from the mire,
    do not let me sink;
deliver me from those who hate me,
    from the deep waters. (Psalm 69:5-6,13-14 NIV)

I’m so thankful for the Love of God that rescues me.

I’m so thankful for the Love of God that restores me.

I’m so thankful for the Love of God that shapes my life.

I’m so thankful that the Love of God is displayed through His Power & His Presence in my life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

PS: I’m also a fan of the song: “O Great Love of God” by David Crowder.

Priceless

 

Hand giving moneyThere are things that have immeasurable value to me. I can’t put a monetary value on everything I have. I know that most of the things I own have some level of value. I can determine the value of my automobiles or my house. Most of my material possessions if not all can have a monetary value. When I look at relationships, I see that most if not all are priceless. I have some relationship that pull negatively on me but most my relationships by far are investing in me. I can’t begin to calculate the value of deep relationships to me.

David often reflects on his relationship with God. He seems to understand what God brings to the relationship versus what he brings. Check this out…

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
    your justice like the great deep.
    You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
    People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast in the abundance of your house;
    you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light we see light. (Psalm 36:5-9 NIV)

I can’t begin to put a monetary value on the love of God. His love changes not only my life after this life – His love changes my life now to the end here on earth. As I reflect on the Presence of God in my life, I can’t quite wrap my head around what that means to me. I find myself worshipping God from a heart of deep gratitude when I take a moment to reflect on the value of His love to me.  One of my favorite Third Day songs was based on this Psalm – Your Love Oh Lord.

Your love, oh Lord
Reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the sky
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide

I will life my voice
To worship You, my King
I will find my strength
In the shadow on Your wings

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Deeper Love

IMG_8463-34I remember as a kid “falling in love”. I remember the intensity of the emotions from deep in my heart. I look back on those experiences now with quite a different perspective. What I thought was love was really straight up physical attraction. I really didn’t know much about that kind of love. At that time of my life, I’m not sure I was capable of the deep love that I’ve since learned about. The love I felt back then sometimes doesn’t even feel like love at all based on what I now know.

King Solomon gets very intimate in his writing between himself and his beloved. I’m reminded of the depth of love between a man and a woman. I’m also reminded of how our culture has “cheapened” this deep love. We still make love about the physical/sexual experience and it’s so much more than that. God is the Designer/Maker of love and He built it with deep meaning and deep value, not something quick and temporary. Check this out…

9 You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
    you have stolen my heart
with one glance of your eyes,
    with one jewel of your necklace.
10 How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!
    How much more pleasing is your love than wine,
and the fragrance of your perfume
    more than any spice! (Song of Solomon 4:9-10 NIV)

 

I’m still growing and learning to love deeper than ever before in my life. I’m having a hard time describing the way my love has grown deeper and wider. The Lord has captured my heart and I believe that I’m living out the reason I was made – to love and honor the Lord. The more I understand the heart of God, the better I am at loving and caring for others. The more I know about the Lord, the better husband I can be to Tina and the better Dad I can be to my kids. This passage reminded me of this song by Leland:

 

“Yes You Have” by Leeland

(YouTube Video with Lyrics)

Every tree and every stone
Every rushing wind that moans
They sing Your praise
My God, they sing Your praise
Every star and open sky
Tell of Your glory divine
They shout Your praise
They shout Your praise, yeah
 
You’ve stolen my heart
Yes, You have!
You’ve stolen my heart
Yes, You have!
You’ve wiped away the stains
And broke away the chains
Yes, You have!!
 
With Your love You set me free
Three nails gave me liberty
So I’ll sing Your praise
My God, I’ll sing Your praise
Oh, with Your love
You forgave my sin
Forgot my past
And brought me back again
So I’ll sing Your praise
I’ll sing Your praise, yeah
 
If I ascend into the sky
Or hide behind the night
I can not run Your love is chasing me
If I fall into the sea
Your hand will rescue me
No one will take Your place
Because
 
This is all for You
Yes, this is all for You
You’re the King of the world
You’re the King of the world

______________

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Banner Of Love

Girl holding a heart-shaped boxLove among human beings is simple, yet very complex and complicated at the same time. This word has been misused, abused and overused in our culture for many years. I’m not sure how it is in other languages, but in English, we say that we “love” apple pie, football, fried chicken and then we say we “love” our wife or our children. Obviously our family relationships mean more than a piece of pie or a sporting event, but the same word is used for both situations. My youngest son, Luke is a native of Nicaragua and has been here in the US with us for over 3 ½ years and he is still learning about how we use the same word for different applications even though it sounds exactly the same.

King Solomon is believed to be the author of the Song of Solomon (aka Song of Songs) and it sure sounds like a conversation between a husband and wife. Some believe it is a beautiful allegory of how the Lord loves His church. I came across this small passage and it reminded me of a song we used to sing at church camp. Check this out…

4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
    and let his banner over me be love. (Song of Solomon 2:4 NIV)

 

I was once again reminded of the deep, rich love of God. He is relentless in His pursuit of me. He loves me more than I can understand or comprehend. He loves me without strings attached. He cherishes me and wants my relationship to go beyond shallow songs and words. He wants my life totally surrendered to Him.   I was reminded recently that I’m good because I’m saved. I’m not saved because I’m good. The Lord loves me too much to leave me where I am. He wants me to develop a heart like His. I am deeply loved by God.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Words Just Struggle

God is LoveThere are times when I’m trying to describe something that words simply don’t do it justice. In fact it seems that words actually fail to describe things sometimes. Trying to put into words the Love of God is one example of something impossible to describe.  I came across the Psalmist attempt this am. Check this out….

1 Praise the Lord, all you nations;
 
   extol him, all you peoples.
2 For great is his love toward us,

    and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord. (Psalm 117:1-2 NIV)

 

I was reminded this morning of an old hymn which tried to describe the Love of God. It was called “The Love Of God” and it really did stick because I haven’t heard of thought of this hymn of many years.

1. The love of God is greater far
  Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
  And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
  God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
  And pardoned from his sin.
 
Chorus: O love of God, how rich and pure!
  How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
    The saints’ and angels’ song.
 
2. When hoary time shall pass away,
  And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall;
When men who here refuse to pray,
  On rocks and hills and mountains call;
God’s love, so sure, shall still endure,
  All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
  The saints’ and angels’ song.
 
3. Could we with ink the ocean fill,
  And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
  And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
  Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
  Though stretched from sky to sky.
Words & Music © 1923, Ren. 1951 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.

When my words really struggle, I’ll just borrow from someone else. I can’t begin to describe the Love of God this morning. I just know of His Love and I know of His Faithfulness first hand.

Pressing On!
Dwayne