Dave Williams teaching from Sunday morning middle school group. He spoke on Psalm 119:41-48. He talked about the love of God and his desire for our love for him to be the object and the subject of our affection.
“Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; 42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. 44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, 45 and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. 46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame, 47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.”
Steadfast means an intense effort despite great difficulty. The love that is being talked about is not something that comes easily, but it takes work.
The love that God gives us isn’t like the love seen in the world. The love of God endures through hard times and trials.
When God’s steadfast love comes to us we can finally have true answers, found in his word. These are incredibly powerful things that we often forget and need to be reminded of.
It doesn’t matter what anybody else says, it just matters what God says. God is the only thing that can sustain my life and yours. We need to know God in order to trust what he says is true. You don’t trust people you don’t know, and if you don’t spend time with God you don’t know him and you won’t trust him in hard times.
God loved us
1 John 4:8-10
“8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
Love and God are the same thing. God transformed himself into salvation.
God is “I am” which means “I’ll be what you need me to be when you me to be it” and when we needed salvation God became that for us.
Our relationship with God is pretty one sided. He did all the work. It was at his cost that we get to live.
Here is the deal about love: It is an object, but also a subject. God is the same way. He should be our most prized object in our lives.
He should be the love of our life, the object of our affection. He is also the subject. He should be the one we shower with love, but we often get distracted by other people or other things.
Love is a choice.
Our relationship with God is a choice.
We often put most of our time and affection into relationships other than Christ. But God wants us to choose him first.
If you’ve played a sport where two captains pick teams, do you want to be picked first or last? How does it feel to be chosen last? God chose to love you first, but in what order are you picking him? Are you picking God first, or do you squeeze him in if you have enough time?
Love Into Defense
1 John 4:4 says, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
For those who accept Jesus into their life, God is in them. God will be in and with us wherever we go, whether we are following him or not. His desire is for us to come to him – for him to be the object and subject of our affection.