“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.“
Love is an interesting thing, people will do almost anything when they’re in love with someone who’s in love with them. Sometimes you just can’t help expressing yourself, you want that person you love to know how much you love them, and that there’s nothing you wouldn’t do for them.
How Do You Love God?
Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death. (2)
How Does God Love You?
How does God love you? Let me count the ways: “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.” (See Psalm 91:11-13)
God continues: “Because you love Me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue you; I will protect you, for you acknowledge My name. You will call on Me, and I will answer you; I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you. (See Psalm 91:14-15)
God’s loves with an infinitely perfect passion 24/7. He is love, and He never wearies of recounting the ways. With an infinite depth of emotions (we cannot possibly fathom), God continuously expresses His love.
God’s Love Exceeds all Expectations
His love grants answers beyond anything you can think. Paul wrote: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…” (Ephesians 3:20). Yes His love for you exceeds all expectations! So God continues: “You will call on me, and I will answer you; I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you and honor you. With long life I will satisfy you and show you my salvation.” (See Psalm 91:15)
Why not count the ways you love God? Take some time to write them down, and recount them to Him the next time you pray. If you will regularly recount the ways God loves, and tell Him how His love makes you feel, you will Be Encouraged! -JSP
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(2) How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 – 1861