Posted on January 27, 2014
by Bob Miller
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“O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple.”
– Psalms 48:9
Have you ever found it “challenging” to stay focused during a worship time? Sometimes it’s like trying to watch the last minutes of a play-off game with a tied score and your loved one wants to talk about scheduling a family vacation. Trying to focus on the important during the chaos of the immediate can turn our worship to woeship.
The psalmist gives us a concise and convicting strategy . . . meditating on something too amazing, too wonderful and too consuming . . . God’s unfailing, unending, unconditional love.
Unfailing Love Redeems.
G. K. Chesterton, an English lay theologian, author and poet wrote, “The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”. God had no doubt . . . we were lost, in need of redemption and He sent His Son to become our Redeemer. The apostle John wrote, “For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
). Paul encourages the be.ivers in Rome, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Unfailing Love Restores.
The Creator’s compassion changes His creation. By His unfailing love we are restored to God and we live by His grace. Max Lucado writes, “God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus.” Paul desribed the compassion of the cross like this, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Unfailing Love Reassures. Mother Teresa said, “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” We all have a hunger for love and God’s love satisfies our hunger. Paul gives us the assurance that nothing in the natural or supernatural can stop or separate us from God’s love. He writes to the Christ followers in Corinth, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom 8:37-39) Often times, we just need to tie a knot on the end of our life-line to God and hang on to His love.
I remember an older Minister of Music named Vep Ellis. Pastor Vep wrote the worship song, “The Love Of God” in 1948. The lyrics of the chorus are, “The love of God is greater far than gold or silver ever could afford. It reaches past the highest star and covers all the world. Its power is eternal. Its glory is supernal. When all this earth shall pass away there’ll always be the precious love of God.”
Meditate on His love . . . it will move you to worship Him.