Song of Songs 5:2, Drink and be drunk in love.
I have high cholesterol, inherited by my mom’s side of the family. So I typically eat very healthy. But, I have a cheat day once a week. And it is glorious. Yesterday was my cheat day. For lunch, I went with my guys to get BBQ…pulled pork nachos for appetizers, about 5 sprites, beef brisket sammich…and I enjoyed every bite, gahhhh.
We are such sensual beings. It’s easy to enjoy food and drink and sex. We don’t have to force ourselves (usually) to enjoy things that delight our senses. But what about worship? Where does worship rank on our enjoyment list? This is a great self diagnostic I run, to ask myseld, Am I really enjoying God’s presence? Is being around him pleasurable, or is it forced?
This goes back to one of my last posts on not losing that fire in love with Jesus. When we are doing something that lights up our pleasure center, we just want to keep doing it over and over. Logically, shouldn’t this drive our worship cycle, in part at least? We should be pursuing a level of intimacy with God that is more intimate than the best that marriage has to offer, more filling than a Thanksgiving feast, more refreshing than a glass of wine on a beach at sunset. Our personal worship of our Beloved should be luxurious and inviting, an oasis in a desert world. Remember Psalm 63:1?
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.
We should crave him.
Now, do we always feel like this? Oh no way! And so wisdom would say that our relationship with Jesus should never be based on our emotions, but on the cross and his never-ending love for us. When we walk through the desert and he does not offer us a sip, we should still pant after him, desire him, even when it’s hard to conjure up the emotions. I know it can get hard in these emotionless kind of seasons, but don’t give up hope. You will emerge on the other side into a paradise of feeling his love.
Because we were made to be drunk with his love, our cups overflowing with his Spirit. So, pursue being drunk in his love today. Pant after him like you are in Flight of the Phoenix (the classic Jimmy Stewart version), badly needing water. Because God wants this too, he want you to enjoy him and to want him more than anything 🙂
Hope you all have an AMAZING weekend! You are SO loved by our God and by our Prince, the Son. Don’t forget it 🙂