Lover of My Soul

  • March 5, 2015
  • #8569

There are many ways to approach Jesus in prayer, but one special way to relate to Him is as the "Lover of our soul."

Hi, this is Joni, and I know you’re familiar with this beautiful modern hymn by Stuart Townend.           

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure.
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away.
As wounds which mar the chosen one
Bring many sons to glory.*

That is such a beautiful modern hymn for our generation.  And I often find myself saying it in prayer.  Especially the second verse that goes,

I say that to the Lord Jesus often in prayer.  And like you probably do, when I approach the Lord, I “Behold the Man upon a cross, My sin upon His shoulders; Ashamed I hear my mocking voice, Call out among the scoffers.  It was my sin that held him there, Until it was accomplished; His dying breath has brought me life, and I know that it is finished.”  Always relate to Him in different ways.  Sometimes I go to Him as my elder Brother, which He is.  If I’m under spiritual attack, I’ll go to Him in prayer as the Captain of my soul.  I'll often pray to Him, using that term “My Friend.”  I mean He is called in Scripture, the Friend of sinners, right?  Some Christians I know who are single look up to the Lord as their Husband, as it says in Isaiah 54.

But lately, I have enjoyed relating to my Savior as the Lover of my soul.  Oh, how deep the Father’s love for us truly is.  As the Song of Solomon, chapter 2, talks about that love in such a heartwarming way.  It says, “Show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.  My lover is mine and I am his.”  Well, talk about love language, right?  When I want to tell the Lord how much I adore Him, I use that language of love in the Song of Solomon.  This beautiful book in the Bible is more than just a love poem; it is a picture of the love relationship between the Bridegroom and His bride.

Sing to the Lord a new song for He has been good to us.  So today, friend, you can and you should do that.  Put on your favorite CD of worship music, whether it’s this one or others, or reach for your hymnal or the song sheet you save from Sunday morning service.  Celebrate how deep the love of God is for you, and in prayer tonight, from your heart, tell Jesus that He is the fairest of ten thousand.  Praise Him for being altogether lovely.  Let Him know that His love is better than wine.  He’s the Rose of Sharon, He’s the Lily of the Valley.  And to top it off, why don’t you quote to Him, maybe even the last verse of this beautiful hymn, “I will not boast in anything, no gifts, no power, no wisdom; But I will boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection.  Why should I gain from His reward?  I can’t give an answer, But I know this with all my heart, His wounds they are my ransom.” 

* "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" is written by Stuart Townend, © Copyright 1995 Thankyou Music

Previously aired as program #6946 on 12/15/08 and Program #7452 on  11/23/10

 ©  Joni and Friends

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