"Intimacy with the Lord" - Friday, May 13th
The intimacy of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant. My eyes are continually toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net. Psalm 25:14-15
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Jesus likened the relationship between himself and one who is truly his disciple, to that of a vine and a branch. It doesn’t get much closer than that. It is this kind of closeness that today’s Scripture has in view when it speaks of “the intimacy of the Lord.” “Intimacy” is a great word for capturing the closeness of the connection that exists between a vine and a branch. The vine is the source of all the resources the branch needs to be vitally alive and fruitful. It is the close, intimate connection the branch has with the vine that make it possible for the life giving resources of the vine to flow into the branch. Experiencing “the intimacy of the Lord” is essential for the life giving resources of God to flow into us so that we are vitally alive and fruitful.
But “the intimacy of the Lord” is more than just the spiritual life we receive from God, it is also what God receives from us. We minister to God when we take our rightful place before him with a soul filled with exaltation, adoration, and praise to him, and in doing this we are giving to him as well. But “the intimacy of the Lord” is even more than mutual giving, it is also communion with God. Communion with God is just our being with him and him being with us. This is what Psalm 46:10 is focusing on when it says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Knowing and experiencing God in this way requires spiritual discipline and practice. Our passage says that “the intimacy of the Lord is for those who fear Him.”
The reason intimacy with God is the experience of those who fear God, is because it is those who fear God who are willing to give themselves to the spiritual discipline and practice necessary for becoming good at being still before God to the point of truly knowing him and experiencing him. Remember that “fear” means reverencing God to the point where we absolutely surrender to him and give him the center place in our lives. When we surrender to him and he has the center place in our lives, we will want what he wants for us more than anything else. We will give up what we want for what he wants - and God wants an intimate and close relationship with us that is continuous (my eyes are continually toward the Lord).
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I am making the commitment to spend time each day just being still before you. I am counting on you to teach me all about being intimate with you. Help me to be faithful to the spiritual discipline and practice of seeking you so that I will become one who truly knows you and experiences you. I give myself to you and the intimate and close relationship you desire for us to have with each other. Amen!
Posted on Fri, May 13, 2016
by Alan Porter