He has given me a new song to sing,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
February is the month we turn our thoughts (and hearts) to love. No other month focuses more clearly on how much we are loved. Fancy Valentines, red roses, and heart-shaped everything. Statistically, this year we will spend nearly 20 billion dollars on Valentine’s gifts and cards. This spending is second only to Christmas. That’s a lot of roses and chocolate!
But what if you don’t feel loved even in a sea of red roses and dark chocolate? Maybe you are looking for love, but you are drowning in fear of rejection.
That is where I spent most of my life, struggling to know real love but only finding rejection and despair.
Events of my childhood left me scarred and I lived in a mindset of survival. I learned to do whatever was necessary in hopes that I would be loved and valued. This translated to doing anything, I mean anything, to be loved.
As you can probably guess, this never worked. Each time I thought I found love I would give all of myself and my expectations of a blissful future followed. In no time I would feel the sting of rejection and disappointment. Either by my actions or the actions of others, my dreams would be shattered. What I was looking for could never be found in a mere man or current circumstances.
This roller-coaster continued most of my adult life. The search for love and value led me to do things that ended in pain and more suffering for my family and me. My never-ending need led me to do things I never dreamed I would do. I failed in every area of my life. As a result, I fell into a miry pit of despair believing that at last I was unlovable…
and that’s exactly where the enemy meant to keep me.
I became a pit dweller.
I believed I could not be forgiven for my past. I believed not even God could love me. I believed there was nothing more to do than live until I died…
and that’s what the enemy wanted me to believe.
Thankfully, God had other plans.
The words of Psalm 40: 1-2 describe the situation:
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.He set my feet on solid ground. and steadied me as I walked along.
When I read this, I know it was written for me. If you have ever known despair or believed you were unlovable, it is the truth for you as well.
When I had nothing left to give, in “the pit of despair” is where I came to know the redeeming love of Christ. Life-saving love. Eternal love. The love of Jesus.
The love of Christ is not the kind of love I looked for in all the wrong places. The love of Christ is the love of the One who created me, knew me before He formed me, designed me as His masterpiece, and uses everything about me and my past for His good.
God’s love will never end. There is nothing we can do to deserve it and nothing we can do to lose it (Ephesians 3:18).
The psalm goes on to say that after God saves us, He will give us a new song. The song will be one of praise for others to hear about God’s redeeming love. For me, that new song is about the transformation of God’s love.
God loves you, and He loves me. No earthly love can compare.
You may be looking at a past that is less than desirable, and the enemy may be telling you that you are unlovable or that you do not deserve forgiveness. Please know, God sees you, and He loves you beyond measure. You are loved, and He sent Jesus to die for the forgiveness of our sins (Romans 5:8). He is calling you from the pit of despair and wants to give you a new song, too.
He wants you to know and believe you are loved.
He is asking you to sing a new song. Will you sing?
Dear Father, thank you for loving us, no matter what we think. The truth of your love is not what we believe about ourselves. The truth is what you say about us, and you say we are loved beyond measure.
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