The Passion Translation of Psalm 84 gives us a beautiful picture of God’s wrap-around arms:
God, Your wrap around presence is our defense. In Your kindness, look upon the faces of Your anointed ones….For the Lord God is brighter than the brilliance of a sunrise! Wrapping Himself around me like a shield, He is so generous with His gifts of grace and glory! (Psalm 84:9, 11 PT).
This is God’s promise to us. Yet, many of us have a very hard time believing it. For a variety of reasons, we find ourselves unlovable, and though we know in our heads that God loves us, we do not really believe it in our hearts. We have a hard time believing He is really as optimistic and positive about us as the Bible says.
We think, Sure, God loves me, because He is God and that’s the holy thing to do, but I doubt He really likes or enjoys me. In this way, we interpret His love as an obligation and miss the reality—that it is the overflow of His heart toward us. Yes, we did nothing to earn it, and it is not based on our performance, but it is based on who we are as His kids. God loves who we are in the truest and most intimate sense.
He loves us at our core, and because of that, He is patient with our weaknesses. Truly, He is the best of fathers.
This is an excerpt from my new book Loved Like Jesus.
I wrote it because I want you to experience the deep love that your heavenly Father has for you. Living from this reality as a much loved son or daughter, you can rest in a confident connection with Him and experience abundant living and lasting freedom.
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