Psalm 116's Love

Psalm 116:12, “How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me?”

Is your life filled with goodness? Do you recognize the goodness in your life?

Rob Bell says the world is drenched in GOD. Is that the way you see the world?

We were walking, Diana and I, with Carsten our son and a friend of his. It was a beautiful fall day with a colorful path of leaves on the ground and more in the trees around the houses and throughout the yards.

Psalm 116:9 “The Lord is gracious and righteous, our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simple hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.”

…And while we were walking, Carsten’s friend says to him “I wish my dad loved my mom as much as your dad loves your mom.”

Psalm 116:8-9 “For you, oh Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.”

There is plenty of hurt in the world. It is ok to feel hurt and scared, it is ok to cry out in pain. The world can be painful.

Psalm 116:1 “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.”

If we cry out to GOD, he will gladly take our burdens, GOD calls us to cry out to him not only because he will take our pain from us, but so we don’t have to give our pain to those around us.  GOD wants us to love our neighbor, not only because it is good for our neighbor, but it is good for us!

Our pain, our guilt, our worry, our fears get in the way of our ability to love ourselves, and to love our neighbor… and they even get in our way of loving GOD.

Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit, I pray that we come to love GOD so much that we come to love ourselves, that we come to love our family, that we come to love our neighbors so much that we do not even know how to wish we were loved more! AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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