“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
Just to see him smile make my life worthwhile
To know, know, know him is to love, love, love him
And I do.
Written by Phil Spector and first recorded by “The Teddy Bears,” this song hit the number one spot in 1958. Through the years it was covered by many other artists and I bet as you read those lyrics, you were singing the melody. I know I did as I typed them. Do you remember those early days of love, when you just couldn’t get enough of your beloved? You wanted to spend every moment together, learning all you could about one another. What is her favorite flower? What is his favorite song? What makes her happy? What makes him laugh? Her fragrance was intoxicating. You hung on his every word. You became “a student” of the one you love, trying to discover all the wonderful things about them, like hunting for hidden treasures. It seemed that the more you knew about each other, the deeper your affection went.
Do you have the same desire to know God?
He is the greatest lover you will ever have, and He offers you the deepest love relationship you can ever know. What pleases Him? What is His favorite song? What gives Him joy? Perhaps it never occurred to you that you can know God, but over and over His Word expresses His desire for us to know Him. The apostle Paul said God wants us to “seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him” (Acts 17:27) The same principle in our earthly relationships holds true in our relationship with God. The more we know Him, the more we seek to discover all the wonderful things about Him, the more we will love Him. By engaging our minds to know Him, our hearts are filled with wonder and love for Him.
But how do we get to know the God of the universe? The Lord reveals Himself in many ways.
He reveals Himself through His creation. Psalm 19:1-2 says “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” And Paul said “What may be known about God is plain…because God has made it plain. (Romans 1:19) Look at the stars in the sky, the majestic mountains, and the delicate flowers. Watch the wind blow and the rain fall as lightning illuminates all of creation. Hold a tiny newborn in your arms and study her delicate features. God first revealed Himself through His creative works, and nature still praises her Creator.
God revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:15 says that Christ “is the visible image of the invisible God (New Living Translation) and Hebrews 1:3 declares “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.” Jesus Himself said to one of His disciples, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. (John 14:9)” Jesus is God. If you want to know God, you will find Him in Jesus. Jesus was God in human flesh. He came to save us and to show us that God is real, and we can know Him. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can know to God. He is “The Way (John 14:6)” to God because He is God.
The Bible is the best way that we can know God. The Bible is God’s Word to man. It is His revelation of Himself, His ways, His thoughts, words and actions. God had given us the Bible so that we might know Him, trust Him, believe Him and love Him. The Bible gives us those intimate, personal details that are so vital to a love relationship. Remember the questions we asked earlier? What pleases God? – the Bible tells us that faith pleases Him (Hebrews 11:6). What is His favorite song? Praise songs! “I will praise You among the nations, O Lord; I will sing praises to Your name. (Psalm 18:49)” What gives God joy? We do – “To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence with great joy – to the only God, our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! (Jude 1:24)” Does God have a favorite flower? Well, I don’t know for sure, but Jesus Christ is called “The Rose of Sharon, a Lily of the valleys. (Song of Songs 2:1) If you truly desire to know God, you must invest yourself in studying His Word.
God calls us to know Him – and He promises to make Himself available to us. “You will seek me and find me when you see me with all your heart. I will be found by you, (Jeremiah 29:13-14)” Through His created world, His Son and His Word, God has invited you and me into an intimate knowledge of Him. I have found that the more I come to know Him, the more I love Him and the more I love Him the more I want to know Him. I have this thought that when I see Him in glory, once I have gotten up off my face before Him; I will see something about Him and I will exclaim – “I knew that about You!”
Can there be any better pursuit for our lives than to seek to know God? I have committed myself to the life-long journey of knowing Him. Will you come along?
Holy Father, My heart says of You, “Seek His face!” Your face Lord, I will seek. (Psalm 27:8) Amen.