The Focus of His Love

Bible Reading:
Psalms of Joy and Praise Psalm 8; 9; 16; 19; 21; 24

"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" (8:3-4)

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day and night they keep on telling about God. Without a sound or word, silent in the skies, their message reaches out to all the world." (19:1-3 NIV/LB)

"Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love." (Eph. 1:4 Msg)

When I observe the beautiful creation of God, I am filled with awe and wonder as I consider God's greatness. It boggles my mind to think that this almighty creator and God of the universe would care at all about me. We are so small in comparison to his greatness, so flawed in comparison to his perfection. Yet, God considers us highly valuable. Not only does he care for us – he created us to be the FOCUS of his love!! How incredible is that?! Because he chose to lavish his unfailing love upon us, we can be called the children of God and can "be made whole and holy by his love" (1 John 3:1; Eph. 1:4). Ah - the power of love! Will we ever grasp how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ is (Eph. 3:18)? Imagine … this amazing, unfailing, abounding love – from the God of the universe – who longs for us to embrace his love, revel in it, feel safe and secure in it, find power and strength in it, be warmed and comforted by it, be made whole and holy by it ... who longs for us to love him back.

All of God's creation declares his glory. The stars of the sky, the trees and flowers of the field, and the creatures of the earth all tell of his greatness. Everything God created speaks his praise – except for humans – his prize creation, his pride and joy, the object of his greatest affection, the focus of his unfailing love. He could have required our affection; he could have programmed us to worship and exalt him. Instead, he created us with a free will – he gave us a choice – to acknowledge or ignore him, to accept or reject him, to love or hate him, to please or grieve him. We are the source of his greatest joy and his deepest anguish.

Let us choose to fill his heart with joy. Let us join the psalmists and all of nature in declaring his glory (9:1-2; 16:7-11; 19:1-3; 21:13, etc.). Let us praise him for the wonderful way he uniquely cares for each one of his much-loved children. Let us strive to please him with the words that fall from our lips and the thoughts that fill our minds (19:14). Let us have "clean hands and a pure heart" so we can stand before his presence and make him glad (24:1-4). May the reality that we are the focus of God's love so saturate our hearts and minds that we are filled with a passionate desire to make God the focus of our love.