A Date with the Lover of My Soul

God has loved us and wanted our company from before the creation of the world. Our devotional time is meant to be a date with Him! I love how Solomon’s Song of Songs invites me to Him: "My dove . .  show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely" (Song of Songs 2:14).

God wants me to come to Him as I am; to show Him my face. He doesn’t want a routine, but an authentic meeting with me to hear my voice. He thinks my voice is sweet! He finds my face lovely!

I started having a devotional time around the age of 10. It nurtured me then, like milk nourishes a baby that doesn’t know why it wants the milk. Over the years this special time nurtured, fed, and satisfied my soul. I have seen you in your sanctuary . . . I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you (Psalm 63:2-5). Although I ‘m satisfied, I hunger for more.

Worship is part of my devotional life. I often ask the Holy Spirit to aid me to the throne room, and to help me worship in the Spirit as a response to God with all my life in view of what God has done for me. The apostle Paul describes this as true and proper worship (Romans 12:2). I speak back, pray back, or sing back God’s revealed attributes of Himself and then I tell Him who He has been to me: My shepherd! My strength! My help! The prophet Isaiah modeled this: Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation (Isaiah 12:2,3).

Truth expressed in music—based on the attributes of God from the Scriptures—gets to my heart in a particular way. Sometimes I make up songs to God. Often as I worship—lifting God up through music—the water of His Spirit refreshes and strengthens me. I get a fresh glimpse of Him that informs and guides my prayers and strengthens my faith.

I pray—not just bringing requests to God, but pouring my heart out to Him and being real with Him (Psalm 62:8). I spend time in the Word—asking the Lord to speak to me as I read and meditate on His Word. My devotional time may be a “date” with God, but I strive to remain in tune with Him, in fellowship with Him, the rest of the day as well.

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Esther Waruiru met The Navigators in 1970 through Navigator staff Geri White working with The Navigators at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and invited her to a Navigator Bible study. Esther is now International Vice President of The Navigators.

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