One morning I awakened early and words of a song I had been listening to on Renita Koehn's CD were in my mind: "I will rise and go to Jesus." The appropriateness of the words made me smile as I climbed out of bed.
Our enjoyment of Jesus is our marvelous privilege. But as we mature in Christ, we will realize that the thirst of His heart is to commune with His Bride. He enjoys every moment we focus on Him.
"Jesus is lonely for true worshipers," a friend told me. He is calling us to Himself saying, "I want you for Myself, not just for service."
"Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame" (Hebrews 12:2-3 NLT). What was the joy set before Him?
Could it be it was the joy of fellowshipping with us that made Him willing to die a shameful death on the cross? Perhaps Jesus thinks "It was worth it!" when we express our love to Him.
I love the words in Song of Songs in which the Lover says, "Show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely" (2:14). For us who recognize Song of Songs to be a song of our intimacy with Jesus, we realize these words are His call to us. In fact, His last words in this book are, "Let me hear your voice" (8:14).
Dear Jesus, help me to respond to your desire to enjoy hearing my voice in loving worship.
"When You said, 'Seek My face,'
My heart said to You, 'Your face, LORD, I will seek'" (Psalm 27:8).