"Known for Love" Tuesday Psalm 115:1
“God, glorify Your name! Yes, Your name alone be
glorified, not ours. For You are the one who
loves us passionately, and you
are faithful and true”
Psalm 115:1 (TPT)
What would you like to be known for?
I think all of us have ideas of certain values that we would like to be known for. Something I’ve always been struck by and noted as a quality I would love to have attributed to me is the statement made by the writer of Hebrews referring to Abraham as one who “believed God”. It may seem simple, but I think to be known for having faith and believing God to do what He said He’ll do is a accolade I would love to have attached to memories of me.
Though God can be known for so many thing this Psalmist makes it clear what he desires God to be known for - His passionate love for us and His faithfulness. As sons and daughters of God we too are to be known for love (John 13:35). Beyond this though, we are to let His love be known through us. As we let Him have more and more of our hearts we will naturally exude who He is to the world around us.
I am reminded of the lyrics from a John Mark McMillian song which go, “Let Him be known for who He is who He really is…” (Walk Around My House).
We are called as His children to know God and to make Him known.
I’ve been wrong so many times about God that I am acutely aware of my need to keep getting to know Him and let Him teach me who He really is. One area that seems endless is His grace and love.
Love isn’t something God has, it’s who He.
He isn’t trying to love us. Love comes from Him.
Since 1 John 4:16 explicitly tells us God is love then 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is a description of who God is. As you read through replace every word “love” with “God” and “it” with “He”:
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
Wow - that’s who God is.
When we begin to grasp this and encounter Him loving us we can respond like this Psalmist with the desire for everyone else to know Him as well. I echo over you and myself today the prayer Paul prayed over the people he ministered to,
“that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph.3:17-19)