Saturday, August 18
I Love Because
Today's reading: Psalm 116:1-11
The psalmist declares his love for God and then, in the remaining verses of his song, provides what the lawyer side of me would call supporting documentation for this love.
"I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me . . ." (vs. 1-2)
As I read through the verses of this psalm, my thoughts kept going to the opening phrase: "I love the Lord, because . . ." So I spent a few minutes pondering my love for the Lord and how I would finish that statement.
I was drawn to the message found in verses 6 and 7 because the psalmist's words resonated with me. You see, my husband and I have had to deal with a number of difficult circumstances over the past five years. But God was right there with us, and He sustained and grew us spiritually through it all. As I write today, we are in a place (spiritually, physically and emotionally) that I could never have imagined just a few years ago. God has certainly "dealt bountifully" with us!
So here's where I landed for my "I love because" statement: I love the Lord, because when I was low He sustained me; in His goodness, God has dealt bountifully with me.
What's your "I love because" statement? Take a few minutes and finish this statement: "I love you Lord, because _____________________________________." Tami
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