Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015 “The Heart’s Desire”

“He has brought me to his banquet hall, and his banner over me is love…My beloved is mine, and I am his;” (Song of Solomon 2: 4, 16)

Good Morning Beloved Children of the King!

Have you ever noticed how people often take on the characteristics of the ones or things they most love? Couples that have been married for a long time often bear a striking resemblance to one another. Sometimes, this is evidenced in their mannerisms, their temperament, or their speech. They begin to look like, act like, or sound like each other! These similarities are not necessarily exclusive to couples. People may also reflect the characteristics of other things most dear to them. For example, it could be a pet. I have seen more than a few dog owners who bear an uncanny resemblance to their pooch. My college chaplain, the late, great Jack Heinsohn, once told of a man he knew whose every action and conversation revolved around his coon dogs. He could take nearly every conversation and connect it in some fashion to his beloved coon dogs. The thing was…this man, for all the world, looked, acted, and smelled like the dogs he loved, so deep was his connection to them. I feel confident his favorite song was “You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog”

Such connections are not limited to living things, either. Perhaps you know of someone whose all-encompassing passion is the accumulation of wealth. Often, such persons are cold, hard, and unfeeling…much like the money they crave. Others seek fame above all else, and are consumed by its fleeting allure to the point that they become completely self-centered and arrogant. This leads to the question, “What is your heart’s greatest desire?” When people look at you, what will they conclude from that which they see and hear regarding what is nearest and dearest to your heart? There is One who desires that deepest affection of our heart, so much so that he has demonstrated his intentions towards us by laying down glory and life itself for us…Jesus Christ. So great is his love for us that it is his desire to recreate our character to reflect his own that others may see the transformation in us and desire it as well. English Christian author and scholar Fredrick W. Robertson called such a transformation “the greatness of man”, writing,

“In these two things the greatness of man consists, to have God so dwelling in us as to impart his character to us, and to have him so dwelling in us that we recognize his presence, and know that we are his, and he is ours. The one is salvation: the other the assurance of it.”  

When we come to the understanding as it is expressed in the Song of Solomon, “My beloved is mine, and I am his…His banner over me is love”, then we become the great men and women God desires us to become. We come to know of His salvation and the blessed assurance that nothing can separate us from his love for us. Best of all, we begin to reflect his character in our own lives and become more like him in our own words and deeds, and that is great indeed. Let’s pray!

No one loves us as do You, O Lord. Nothing in this world can match the blessing of knowing of your saving power and experiencing the transformation it brings to our lives. I am my beloved and He is mine…His banner over me is love! Amen!


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