leaps and bounds

On days like today, and on all the ones in between, I need to remember this:

You [Judah] shall no more be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land be called Desolate any more. But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you… (Isaiah 62:4)

Hephzibah. His delight is in me.

If you have ever experienced being delighted in by someone, you know how quickly it can render you speechless. Like a warm drink down a thankful throat; pure, liquid glee. Whether it is from a parent, a significant other, a close friend, feeling their delight in you is both humbling and the quickest shot of confidence. It strengthens your spine and melts down your walls.

I’m lucky enough to have glimpsed this, here and there. And in the sweetness of it, I began to realize… If I experience this type of joy when a sinful human delights in me for a quick, fleeting moment, what kind of joy should/could flow from being delighted in by a perfect, captivating, glorious God for ever and ever?

I think I have less joy because I think less of His love for me.

I am cut to the quick when I realize how I limit my experience of joy in Christ when I belittle and restrict my view of what His word means when he says that he delights in me. Cut, yet grateful for the edge. If I were to really “get” that, how then would my heart respond? Would I be able to resist bursting apart in fiery exuberance in the wake of knowing that the God of the universe “rejoices over me with singing” (Zeph 3:17)?

You may consider this narrow minded, but I say it confidently anyhow: If Jesus is not leaps and bounds more precious to us than anything else we know, we don’t really know Him yet.

My man Spurgeon said it first, just with a little more of ye olde English flair:

“He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of him yet.”

If we are bored with our experience of Christ, if it seems less exciting than doing x, y, or z, then we are letting our vision of him shrink instead of seeking to expand it.

And if you have never imagined that God could or would be captivating, all-encompassing and worth everything you’ve got, then I dare you. Get to know Him.

For when we glimpse Him, we never leave disappointed. 

some beauty grows with time


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