Apr 28 2012

Triple S

Throughout the Bible we see this recurring phrase that tells us to love God with our whole heart. It first appears as one of the 613 commands in Deuteronomy, later pops up throughout the Psalms, and seems to be the underlying tone of the entire Old Testament. Then Jesus shows up and tells us that it is the most important command ever given by God and the same underlying tone continues right through Revelation.

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. – Deut 6:5

Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. – Psalm 119:2

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ – Mark 12:28-30

But what does it mean? How do we love someone with our whole heart, from the depths of our soul, and with every ounce of our strength? The simple answer is that it comes from cultivating a relationship by spending time soaking in His presence. Just like in human relationships, the more time you spend, the deeper the relationship will go.

If your heart aches when you are away from Him, if your souls first thought in the morning is to be with Him, if you are willing to spend every last bit of your strength in search of Him, then you have found the meaning.

Seek to find Him.
Search to know Him.
Soak in His presence.

Seek. Search. Soak.