I don’t think there’s anyone reading this that hasn’t—at one time or another, or perhaps even right now—struggled with feeling distant from God’s love. Maybe you felt like you blew it, or gave in to temptation, or things aren’t going as you had hoped, and you thought, “Where are You, God? Do You still care about me?” This message is for you!
“God is closer to us than we are to ourselves and that is why we do not notice Him.” —Thomas Merton
The section of the 119th Psalm called samekh (see verses 113-120) is a helpful passage for reminding ourselves just how near God is to us. Some people get nervous thinking about God being close to them, to the point where they want to run away. But you must have this clear in your mind—
God is near me to help and support me, not to harass and condemn me!
- God’s never-ending support
- God’s never-failing love
- God’s never-stale mercies
- God’s undiminished faithfulness
- God’s unfathomable grace
- God’s unquenchable hate
Wait a minute! God’s unquenchable hate?!? Yes! God loves you so much, that He hates anything that would draw you away from Him. So this section of Psalm 119 is filled with words like love, hope, refuge, uphold, and sustain. But it also has words like hate, away from me, reject, and discard.
God wants you to know how close He is to you. God is FOR you and He is AGAINST anything that would pull you away. Read the words in Psalm 91 and see how God protects you and then attacks the enemies of your soul. In the NewTestament, feel God’s closeness as we are told that…
- All of God’s fullness dwells in Christ (Colossians 1:19).
- When we receive Christ as Lord, we live in Christ too (Colossians 2:6).
- And Christ is also in you as your hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)!
Oh, how God love you! He wants you to feel His closeness, so He loves you and He hates the enemies of your soul! Bask in that today.
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