Do you love the Lord”


    
When we truly love someone or something, we readily talk about the object of our love.  Think about what you truly love – your heroes, your sports teams, your job, your favorite activities, your favorite food, your spouse, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your family.  How often do you talk about what you love?  Probably frequently – because we do readily talk about the object of our love.  This being the case, it was natural for the Psalmist David to talk about his Lord and his love for His Lord.  Psalm 116 is a very personal testimony by David of reasons for his love.  Notice his Reason Number One:   Psalm 116:1-2 (KJV) ¹ “I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.  ² Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.”
David loved the Lord in part because “He pays attention to me.”  We all like people who pay attention to us and listen to us.  We like people who put down the newspaper, lay aside the remote, set aside the iPad, tablet, or computer and look at us when we talk to them.  We learn from the Psalmist that God listens to and hears us – He pays attention to us. When we call out to God there is no busy signal, and no recorded message.  He listens, he hears, He remembers.  Not only did God hear, but David declared that God inclined His ear to him. This indicates more than just hearing one’s words.  God listens with focus as to someone He loves dearly.
Why then does God pay such attention to us? Because He loves us!   The basis of that love  goes back to Deuteronomy 7:7-8 (NKJV) ⁷“The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;  ⁸ but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”   God pays attention to us not because of what we are but because of who He is.  God is love! (1 John 4:8,16). That’s why He hears our cries and prayers.  That’s why He bends down to us as a parent does to his little child who we love so dearly.  
The Psalmist also loved the Lord because “He cares bountifully for me.”   David speaks to his own soul in Psalm 116:7 (NKJV) ⁷ “Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”  With God it’s not just mercy, it’s “tender mercy” (James 5:11); not just kindness but “loving kindness” (Psalms 36:7); not just life but “abundant” and “eternal life” (John 10:10).  It’s not just provisions, but abundant provisions - (Phil. 4:19) “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
God’s bounty extends to the comfort God gives us.  Psalm 116:8 (NKJV) ⁸ “For You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling.”
The Psalmist continues by sharing His response to God’s love.  (Psalms 116:2) “Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” When someone pays attention to us, we pay attention to them.  When people do something nice for us, we find ways to thank them.  Because God pays attention to us, we pray to Him.
How much do you love the Lord?  If it’s to be measured in part by how often we talk with Him, how do we measure up?  How often do you pray?

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