Intentional Love

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Psalm 117 Voice; Praise the Eternal, all nations. Raise your voices, all people. For His unfailing love is great, and it is intended for us, and His faithfulness to His promises knows no end. Praise the Eternal!

What a way to start the day! Praising the Lord who is worthy! Raising our voices (at least our inner voices) to worship and give Him praise. You know what? I went through and read this in 14 different translations and it reads just about the same, but as I read it, something just welled up inside of me. Praise isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s what we were created to do. When you lift up or exalt the name of Jesus, you are placing His name above all other things. Every mountain is brought low and every valley will be lifted. In other words, it puts things in order or perspective.

That second part, “For His unfailing love is great, and it is intended for us,” oh my. His constant, unfailing love is great. How great? It’s higher, deeper and wider than any love we’ve ever known here on earth. It’s not only great but it is intended for us. That word, intended means; to design or mean for a particular purpose, use, recipient, etc. His love was designed or meant specifically for us.

Last but certainly not least, “and His faithfulness to His promises knows no end.” Doesn’t that make you want to jump up, spin around and scream like a little girl (or boy). What a gift! Everything He has promised us, every promise in the Book, knows no end. It just keeps going and going and going, forever and ever, eternally. Get it? Hallelujah! No wonder this Psalm was so short. What more could he say to that?

Father, my heart is overwhelmed with love for you. It’s one thing to have a husband, children, grandchildren and friends who love me, but your love was intentional. You set your sights on me, specifically me. You pursued me like a treasure hunter, sparing nothing, no cost too great, no sacrifice too large to have me. I am yours. Intentionally loved by you and loving you, an exchange of the deepest, most fervent love. I can’t keep this love to myself! I must share it with those who feel unloved, that they may know you as I know you. I set my eyes on you today. Your Kingdom of Love come on the earth as it is in Heaven. It’s in the Name of Jesus I pray. Amen

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