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P.S. God Loves You

July 15th, 2008

Focus Text: Psalm 91: 14-16 (NLT)

14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
      I will protect those who trust in my name.
 15 When they call on me, I will answer;
      I will be with them in trouble.
      I will rescue and honor them.
 16 I will reward them with a long life
      and give them my salvation.”

 

Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead

Occasionally, Laura and I like to sit down on the couch and rent a good movie.  The moment that the decision to watch a movie is made, the arduous process of choosing the film begins.  You see, I have a certain genre that I most enjoy and she has a certain kind of movie that she wants to see.  Now, although I’m fast approaching my third decade of life, I’ve still been known to temporarily set aside my maturity for an hour and a half to immerse myself in mindless, slapstick comedy.  Chris Farley or Dumb and Dumber comes to mind.  You know, movies that just make you laugh even though you know they are pretty ridiculous.  Big gulps, eh?  Well, see ya later!

Laura, on the other hand, not so much.  She gravitates towards the more heartfelt side of Hollywood; you know, “chick-flicks.”  Now, I’m not saying that I can’t enjoy a good tear-jerking, completely unrealistic story that ends with the guy and the girl riding off into the sunset.  Sure, I’ve been misty-eyed before . . . (clearing throat) . . . ok, let’s move on.  How about those Titans!

Anyhoo, the other day we went through the process of choosing a movie and I humbly yielded the decision to her. Come on, she does have the pregnancy card to play.  The movie we rented: P.S. I Love You.  Yikes!  Now that’s a chick-flick title if I’ve ever heard one.

Couch ready.  Popcorn bowl already halfway eaten before thirty-five minutes of previews end.  Opening credits. Cheesy music.  Wallah!  Chick-flick now in progress.

In all my stoney manliness, I have to admit that it wasn’t a bad concept for a movie.  Basically, there’s this married couple, who like all married couples, have issues and problems.  But, they love each other dearly . . . awww!  Then, the guy battles cancer for a long time and eventually dies.  I know, pretty tragic.

So, this young widow begins the process of healing after the loss of her husband.  But one day soon after his passing, she receives a letter in the mail . . . from her dead husband!  She reads it and begins to realize that while he was sick for so long, that he had taken the time to prepare messages for her that would periodically come for months and months on end.  Some of them were funny, others were more serious. But they each gave her direction on how to deal with life after him.  Yeah, Laura definitely cried. Me . . . I was a rock!

The end of Psalm 91 has similarities to this concept.  The entire chapter has been someone else writing about what God will do for those who “dwell in the secret place.”  But here at the end, it’s like we’ve checked our mailbox and have found a letter from God Himself.  To read someone’s actual words is a much different experience than just hearing about what they’ve said.

The psalmist simply states: “The Lord says . . . ”  Wow, now that should get our attention.  What if I told you, “Hey, the President called for you and he left you a voicemail.”  Do you think you would listen to it immediately or say, “Eh, I’ll get to it later; it’s probably nothing.”  

God is speaking directly to us in the final verses of this chapter so that we will doubly listen to his message.  He says, “Listen, I will rescue.  I will protect.  I will answer.  I will be there in trouble.  I will honor.  I will reward.  I will give salvation.”  If you’re one who always feels that you’re hearing about God instead of hearing from God, consider this your personal letter from Him.  

Remember the conditions: love, trust, call on Him.  Hmm, that sounds a lot like a marriage.  You don’t have to be perfect to get married (thank God.)  But you do have to love, trust, and call on each other to make a marriage work.  God’s love isn’t contingent on your perfection; it’s contingent upon your position to Him.  Are you close or far away?  

Again, illustrations from movies are never perfect.  In our case, Jesus did die, but He’s no longer dead. His message to us today isn’t coming in the mail as if He’s no longer around to speak it; it’s coming directly to the inbox of our hearts if we will only accept delivery.

P.S. I know you’re struggling, but I’ll rescue you.  Love me.

P.S. I know you feel out of control and unsafe, but I’ll protect you.  Trust me.

P.S. I know you’re in trouble- call out to me and I’ll answer.  

P.S. When hard times come, I’m not far away– I’ll stay close to you.

P.S. I want to honor you, not to disgrace you.

P.S. Your life is in my hands and I love to help you live.

P.S. God loves you!

 

 

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