Love in Motion

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Ever felt stopped, stuck, unable to move? You know the days, ones where you feel like you’re in a miry pit and unable to be productive and certainly not think clearly. These are the days we find ourselves stuck between what our mind and body feel and what we know God desires of us, namely to love Him and others.

How can I love when I feel unlovable? How can I do something for others when I can barely get dressed? And how can I possibly do more than the bare minimum when my feet seem stuck in the mud?

Words scattered through Psalm 42 capture this feeling of despair so well…

My tears have been my food day and night…

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?

My soul is downcast within me…

I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”

My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?

Love in Motion

Then God moves. His love becomes active within us, and we respond with natural motions that automatically reflect the existence of that love.

Let’s look between the lines of the despair in Psalm 42 and see the motion of God in a spirit crying out to Him…

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.

Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me — a prayer to the God of my life.

Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

 Love in Action

And as we respond to the motion of God within us, as praise naturally flows out of us, we being to change. Our actions then become deliberate choices to go beyond the minimum. We find the strength and courage to keep going even when discouragement seems to have a death grip.

And as His love in motion creates love in action through us, we find ourselves declaring with the writer of Psalm 117…

“Praise the Lord, all you nations. Praise him, all you people of the earth. For he loves us with unfailing love; the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”

God’s love in motion within us turns into active love as we respond to His love and faithfulness. And suddenly we find ourselves loving God and loving others within the natural motions of life.

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