“Satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast [unfailing] love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Psalm 90:14).
Sally was sitting in her favorite rocking chair hugging and kissing her favorite doll. Every now and then she would glance up at her mother who was working at her desk.
As soon as her mother finished her work, Sally jumped from her rocker, ran to where her mother was sitting, climbed in her lap, gave her a hug and kiss and said, “I’m sure glad you are through working. I want to love you!”
“But,” said her mom, “I thought you were having a good time loving your doll.”
“I was, Mom,” she said, “but she never loves back.” — Michael Guido, Seeds from the Sower
Hopefully that is our sentiment—our longing—to have God’s love—for He alone can fully satisfy our hearts. He is our only source of perfect, unfailing love.
Puritan theologian, John Owen wrote in his book, Communion with God: “The greatest sorrow and burden you can lay on the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to him, is not to believe that he loves you.”
He loves us continuously, completely, and unconditionally—regardless of our faults or flaws. His love is available at all times, everywhere, and in all circumstances. Just as the earth receives sunshine and rain, may we have a growing consistency in absorbing His love.
Missionary to India, Amy Carmichael penned a poem in which she asked God that she might experience more of His love:
Love of my heart, my stream runs dry;
O Fountain of the heavenly hills,
Love, blessed Love, to Thee I cry,
Fill my secret hidden rills.
Waters of Love, O pour through me;
I must have Love; I must have Thee.
Danny Gaither also expressed in song his desire to experience more of God:
More of You, more of You.
I’ve had it all but what I need is more of You.
Of things I’ve had my fill, and yet I hunger still;
Empty and bare, Lord, hear my prayer for more of You.—Gloria Gaither
“O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).
Oh, help me, Lord, to take by grace divine
Yet more and more of that great love of Thine;
That day by day my heart may give to Thee
A deeper love, and grow more constantly. –Mountain