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I Was Looking Back to See If You Were Looking Back to See

October 3, 2019

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I Was Looking Back to See If You Were Looking Back to See

Today I am going to share a post I wrote in 2005  for a church website,  where they do not retain an archive.      It refers to an old-time country western song  by Jim Ed Brown and Maxine Brown,  and can be enjoyed with this link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA0IEo9fTaY.            I remembered writing the post below  when my husband had me listen  to this old-time favorite of ours years ago.      Even country western songs  can make us think  of our Lord’s love  for us.

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Being in Love

Quite a few years ago,  the Browns  sang a country love song  with a very catchy tune.      The words described love at first sight  and went something like this:

I was looking back to see  if you were looking back to see
If I was looking back to see  if you were looking back at me.
It was very plain to see  that you were looking back to see
If I was looking back to see  if you were looking back at me.

Those words reminded me of King Solomon’s “Song of Songs”,  in which the Bridegroom  (Christ)  and the Bride  (the Church)  are very much in love  and are always seeking one another out.      Their struggle to be together  presents many elusive situations,  just as our lives  seem to be full of seeking our Lord  and yet not quite getting to see him.      We are always looking back  to see if Christ is still looking for us  and Christ is always looking back  to see the beauty  of our growth in faith,  hope  and love.      We look forward to being together forever.

As the Bridegroom and Bride  sing of their love,  they say things like  (Song of Songs 2:2),  “Like a lily among the thorns, so is my darling among the maidens”;  (Song of Songs 3:2),  “I must seek him whom my soul loves”;   and  (Song of Songs 7:10),  “I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me”.

The last two verses of  “Song of Songs”  have the Bridegroom  (Christ)  ardently calling out,  “O you who sit in the gardens, My companions are listening for your voice — Let me hear it!”      Then the Bride (Church) replies,  “Hurry my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.”

All this relates  to a number of places  in the New Testament  where Christ is the Bridegroom  and the church is the Bride.      Besides being our Bridegroom,  Jesus is our Lord,  Shepherd,  Savior,  King,  and Judge,  along with many other descriptions.

In Revelation 2:2-5,  the Lord who has loved us  with His whole life  has this to say  to the church in Ephesus  (which could very well be  just like us),

“I know your deeds  and your toil  and perseverance,  and that you cannot endure evil men,  and you put to the test  those who call themselves apostles,  and they are not,  and you found them to be false;  and you have perseverance  and have endured for My name’s sake,  and have not grown weary.      But, I have this against you,  that you have  left your first love.      Remember therefore  from where you have fallen  and repent  and do the deeds  you did at first;  or else I am coming to you  and will remove your lampstand  out of its place  —  unless you repent.”

If we struggle ever so hard  to live out our faith  and,  in the process,  fall out of love with Christ,  we are in jeopardy  of losing the light of God’s word  —  the light that lets us see God’s love  and purpose for us.      Jesus lovingly presents the remedy  —  “Remember therefore from where you have fallen and repent and do the deeds you did at first.”

We need to always remember  all our reasons for loving God  in the first place.      Remember God’s faithfulness to us  since the Garden of Eden.      Remember all of the accounts  of God’s love  throughout the Old Testament  and all He did  through the ages  to keep His promise  of a Savior from sin.      Remember our Savior’s suffering  and death  on our behalf.      Remember how patient,  kind,  merciful,  and longsuffering  God is with us  as individuals  as we struggle daily  with our sinful natures.      Remember how great God’s love is  towards us.      Look at all the beauty of that love.

Remember all the biblical accounts  of how it is God’s people  who are always leaving their first love , the Lord.      It is never God  who first leaves us.      He is forever faithful.

It’s in remembering  that we grow in love  for our Lord.      It’s in remembering  that we are able  to repent  and do the deeds  we did at first.      And that is how we begin to live  according to Deuteronomy 6:5,  “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart  and with all your soul  and with all your  might.”

Let us always “look back  to see”  how the Lord is “looking back  to see us”  growing in the beauty  of His love.

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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