I don’t know what kind of person you are, or what experiences you have had in your life. Undoubtedly, those experiences have shaped your view of love. Maybe you are a hopeless romantic and you are absolutely in love with the idea of being in love! Maybe life has brought some difficulties your way and love is not an idea of which you are particularly fond. Perhaps you have been through the fire and come out on the other side and know that love isn’t just a happy feeling, but made of sacrifice.
Regardless of your position, the Bible has something for you! Aren’t you thankful that the Bible isn’t JUST a happy-go-lucky book, or JUST doom-and-gloom, or JUST…well you get the idea. The Bible covers nearly every facet of our lives and that is what makes it so wonderfully unique. God knows us because He created us. He knows our strengths and weaknesses, our joys and sorrows.
In Exodus 27 and 28, you might be tempted to think, “The word love isn’t found in this passage. In fact, this doesn’t have to do with love at all!” Oh, but you couldn’t be more wrong! Why does God demand so many specific things for those who will worship Him? Is He just that picky? Does He want to make worship something that is so hard few people will do it? No, God wants to see how much they loved Him – how far they were willing to go to show that love for Him.
The children of Israel had just come out of slavery in Egypt. God had done SO much for them. He had shown so much love. The only natural response was for them to be utterly dedicated to responding to that love. And indeed, we know that they did everything He required…at first. But as with any of us, when that relationship is not maintained, we can struggle to show love as we ought. And they did, but He didn’t. God’s love was always faithful and will always be faithful no matter how many times we fail Him.
David expressed the agony of loneliness. Of all people, David had some pretty good reasons to feel alone. God promised the throne to him, yet he ran for his life from the king. He wept bitterly as his sin resulted in the death of his son. And toward the end of his life, his own children turned against him. With our society promoting love as a source of ultimate satisfaction, you may have endured a loss that leads you to the grief of loneliness David describes here. But observe where David’s psalm ends up: with praise and joy in the eternal character of God. Even in difficulties you can take great comfort and joy in the relationship you have with your Savior, whose love will never end!
We often think of love as a relationship to a person, and that can be one way love is shown, but in the book of Proverbs, there is a picture of wisdom, personified as a person. In Proverbs 8, we see that loving “Wisdom” will result in blessings. Not loving the blessings and using wisdom to get them, but truly loving biblical, godly wisdom will result in blessings from God that could “sweep you off your feet.”
So today, consider that love is not reserved for Hollywood (in fact, they almost always get it wrong!). It is something that God created and that He himself shows better than anyone else. Jesus Loves YOU!