The Lord’s primary commandment to humanity is to love Him. It’s fascinating that He is more interested in your love than He is to your obedience. He’s not demanding submission first and foremost; He wants your love.
Love involves relationship. You can obey a superior without having a relationship with Him or Her. You can submit to an authority figure without having an ounce of admiration for Him nor a smidgen of affection. You can’t love God without a relationship with Him. Love presumes relationship.
He longs for us to have a personal understanding of His love and kindness and, with that understanding, love Him in return.
It is in loving Him that we reap the benefits of Psalm 91: we receive His help and deliverance. You see, we assume that God just helps and delivers everyone, but is that a correct assumption? It certainly doesn’t bear out in our experience, for everywhere we look, terrible things happen to people. Tragedy strikes us all irrespective of our attempts to live godly lives.
But if we dig a bit deeper, we can see that the promises of God are often contingent on something. The protective promises of Psalm 91 are contingent on our love for God, our willingness to dwell under His shadow–or to abide in Him, as Jesus taught–as well as to deliberately trust in Him in all circumstances.
I’m with You, looking for answers and crying out to God for breakthrough. Could this be it: simply making it our daily task to love our Father God? To bless His name, to continually speak our thanks and whispers of love to Him?
Let’s give it a go! Agree with me in prayer for breakthrough over the challenges we face by learning to love God with everything we have and everything we are.