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Monday, January 22nd, '18

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HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY?

"I love the Lord..." (Psalm 116:1)

 

One early morning in an Oklahoma church I went into the auditorium to pray, slipped up to a Roland keyboard and the Holy Spirit prompted a song. Before I knew what I was saying these words breathed through the cold sanctuary, "Have I told you lately that I love you? Have I told you, ain't no one above you?" That's right, Rod Stewart in church of all places. My voice broke. God's presence was noticeable. Worship continued, "You fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness, ease my troubles, that's whatcha do..." Since that morning I've used that as a praise chorus all over America, and people seem to like it. Yea again, Rod Stewart in church, compliments of yours truly.

 

It is a good question though. Have I told you lately? One of Dr. Chapman's five languages of love is "positive words of affirmation". Love is a verb. It says something and does something. The bumper sticker asks, "Have you hugged your kids today?" Psychologists recommend twelve hugs a day. Most family members do more bugging than hugging. I don't know how the Jacksons survived in one bath homes. Mom refereed. Big sister hogged all the towels. We fought for space just like other kids. Now there are so many miles between us that opportunities aren't as frequent, "Have I told you lately that I love you?"

 

Job sat in the ash pile bankrupt and covered with boils longing for the good ole days "when my children were [still] about me" (Job 29:5). He had buried all ten of his after a freak windstorm slammed his eldest son's house (Job 1:18,19). He didn't get a chance to say the "L" word before they left him. Funeral sprigs lose their color so fast. If there are flowers to give, give them now while they are in full bloom. "Have I told you lately that I love you?"

 

But I was directing that question to the Lord during that morning keyboard practice. If you tell your spouse "I love you" why should it be so difficult conveying your heart also to the One who made you? In our text David wrote, "I love the Lord..." He made no bones about it. He said it often and sincerely. In the Psalms, he commanded us to fear, obey, serve and bless the Lord, etc. but love responds best to love by loving. "O love the Lord, all ye his saints..." (Psalm 31:23) David was a romancer; just ask Bathsheba, Abigail, or Ahinoam from Jezreel. He worshiped passionately dancing with all his might before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:14). He loved like he worshiped and that is what made him "a man after God's own heart". No, his mistakes weren't swept under the rug, but yes, he did become king and is the top example in the Bible of how we are supposed to respond to the Lord, because David was the only person in the Bible that said, "I love the Lord..." Others loved Him but for some reason others didn't say it. How long has it been since I've said it? "Have I told you lately that I love you?" Practice saying the "L" word about fifty times today...you'll get used to it.


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