God delights in YOU!

Do you know how pleased God is with you, when you are yearning for Him and seeking Him?  He is overwhelmed with delight that you are looking at Him. It’s almost like I can see our Father gently shaking His head and smiling a sweet loving smile, saying, “Oh, My precious, precious daughter, do you know that you delight My heart every time you look at Me with the eyes of your heart? Do you know that every time you say ‘Yes’ to Me, you ravish My heart? Just one glance from you, My beloved, undoes My heart. (Just like in Song of Sol. 4)

“Oh, and I sing over you, I exult over you, My precious one!” (Zeph. 3:17).FullSizeRender

“Oh, how I love to be with you, to hear you speak My name, to see you desiring just to be with Me.  I long to be with you, and each whisper of My Name, “Jesus”, will never escape My hearing. Your hunger for Me rejoices My heart, and it is My promise to you that you will be filled and completely satisfied!”

Matt. 5:6, Amplified Bible, “Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!”

Rev. 21:6,7 “And He further said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I Myself will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life. He who is victorious shall inherit all these things, and I will be God to him and he shall be My son.

Rev. 22:17 “The Holy Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty (who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened); and whoever earnestly desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost.”

I want to encourage you with something…because many times in my life, I have felt that heavy burden of a responsibility and urgency on my part to be/do/learn/know/walk in all that I’m “supposed” to be/do/have learned/know/walk in ….until someone reminded me that Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” So if His yoke is easy, and if His burden is light, why does this feel so hard? Maybe my focus is more on the being/ the doing/ the learning/ knowing/ walking…than it is just on HIM.

IMG_2634And this is what He has shown me….He wants me to just find my ALL in the moment by moment sweet fellowship with Him, the constant communion that is an ongoing conversation where I am constantly talking with Him, whispering my love to Him (and hearing His whispers in return) (Take time to cultivate being quiet before Him so that you can hear His whispers…you can develop this hearing from Him if you don’t doubt…doubt is the opposite of faith, so believe that He wants to speak to you and that He will give you keen hearing so that you may hear Him!).

I’ve always loved books that will show me how to have a more intimate relationship with God, or how to deepen some aspect of my spiritual life. Years ago, I had such an intense hunger to know God more deeply (in a personal way, not just know about Him, but to have a deep intimate relationship with Him…that suddenly I decided that I wanted to close the books and put them aside for a season, and just be satisfied with saturating myself in The Word, that I may KNOW HIM. Knowing Him was all I wanted. I read and read through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John so I could see what Jesus was like, how He responded to people, what things He did (like rising a great while before day and going out into a solitary place, prayed) And now, after going through some of my biggest mistakes ever (and yet finding God’s loving forgiveness for me and His grace that gave me hope that He still had a purpose and a plan for my life)…He has brought me into a love relationship with Him that I truly did not know before having gone through such intense sorrow and pain.

We can intimately know Him in a way that no amount of study can bring to us…because it only comes by drawing aside into His presence, “choosing the better part” like Mary did when Martha was busy in the kitchen. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to soak up every word He spoke, and to look into His face in love and adoration. And only as we draw aside into His presence can we come to know Him intimately. When we are in His presence, He touches us, leaves His fingerprint on us, and we are never the same. And so, as we start sensing His intense love in these times of being in His presence, our hearts start to swell with love as we really believe without any doubting that His love for me is overwhelmingly huge…He adores me! He hears me, He responds to every whisper, He has given me innumerable promises and it is His intention to ME to fulfill every single promise!  But best, He desires to be with me as much as (but really far more than) I desire to be with Him!!! He really truly is passionately pursuing me because He likes me! Better yet… He LOVES me! And He sings over me! HE SINGS OVER ME!!! Wow! God…in Heaven…is singing right over my head as I walk through the crowd at the mall…and no one is aware except ME!! That’s why I can’t hide the big smile!!!

I ride a bus to work….was listening to my MP3 player to get bolstered up before going into work…and had a song come on that I did not even know was on my player! I had never heard it before; it was actually a new album I had gotten along with 2 or 3 others and when it uploaded, it showed as “Unknown” artist…so had no titles or singers…I just happened upon it one morning when God wanted to send me a HUGE blast of love! It’s a song by Misty Edwards at IHOP-KC.  When I heard the last ½ of the song, my heart LEAPED! I had been through so much pain but I just kept clinging to God, believing that He was going to bring good out of it…and when I heard these words, I was overwhelmed with love for God! Of course I knew He always sees us…but this told me not only did He see me, but it greatly moved His heart to see that I would even glance at Him in the midst of my dark night and my cloud of unknowing! I immediately replayed the song and this time, when I heard it again, I laughed right out loud on the bus! I was ready to get up and spin in circles I was so happy!

Simple Devotion by Misty Edwards

Over and over and over and over again

I will stir up my soul to lay hold of You

Over and over and over again

I will stir up my soul to lay hold of that which I cannot comprehend

Over and over and over and over again

Over and over and over and over again

And then, I’ll just lean in the sovereignty

I’ll embrace a mystery

And I’ll just rest in You

As I bathe in Truth

Over and over and over and over again

This is my simple devotion

My walk of faith that I take

Over and over and over and over again

And then I hear You say as You gaze over the balcony of Heaven

I hear You say as you peer through the lattice of time

I hear You say as You stand in Heaven

I hear You say as You rejoice over me,

Oh, Angels! Oh, Angels! Look and see!

Through that dark night of faith she is looking at me

Angels, Oh, angels! Look and see!

Through that cloud of unknowing

She’s gazing at me!

And you have ravished My heart,

My sister, My bride, with one glance of your eye

Over and over and over again

Over and over and over again.

 

 

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