You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5
Yesterday’s #LoveChallenge post on Love and Faithfulness United drew from a common theme found in my Scripture reading for that day: persevere in doing the will of God to receive the promises of God.
Likewise, today’s reading plan brought another central theme to bear on my mind and heart – a question really – “What do you want the Lord to do for you?”
I saw it first in the story of the blind man in Luke, chapter 18, to whom Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied” (v41).
Then came the nearly identical question posed to Caleb by his daughter: When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?” (Joshua 15:18.)
What do I want the Lord to do for me?
What do you want him to do for you?
It’s a simple question. It made me think, what do I really want or need? And as I thought about it one thing stood out: joy. I want to be filled with more joy. I want the joy of being in God’s presence no matter what.
Then, wouldn’t you know it, I also read Psalm 86 today and the first half a dozen verses really stood out for me, especially verse 4:
Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you.
Verse 5, follows: “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.”
“What do you want me to do for you, Greg?”
“Lord,” I replied, “I call to you who are forgiving and good, abounding in love – bring joy to your servant, for I put my trust in you.”
That is my personal #LoveChallenge for today. It’s to believe in the abounding love of our Lord to all who call on him he asks, “What can I do for you?”
Like the poor and needy, and the blind man everyone wanted to just shush up and see go away, Jesus asks, “What can I do for you?”
Call on him. He is forgiving and good, abounding in love; he wants to hear from you, he wants to hear you say it. He’s not too busy. He has nothing more important to do. He’s abounding in love – for you – yes you!
More Posts in the #LoveChallenge Series
- Love and Faithfulness United
- Celebrating Love for God’s Word
- Inseparable Love
- A Love for God’s People Brings Prayer for Christian Maturity
- The Invincibility of Marital Love
- The Lord’s Loving Rebuke and Discipline
- Remain in Jesus’ Love
- No Greater Love
- What Great Love
- What Not to Love
- Turn On Your Love Light
- An Introduction to Love According to John
- Love Deeply
- His Everlasting Love
- Love for Neighbor
- His Loving Eye
- God Gave us a Spirit of Love
- Love Never Fails – Period
- Love Is – Love Is Not
- How to Live an Ineffective and Meaningless Life – Without Love
- The First and Greatest Commandment