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Intimacy With God

There is a word being used in the Body of Christ that is suppose to some how define the longing for a deep relationship with the Father.  The church calls it a void.  This void in the lives of Believers has caused some to  gravitate to other things we think will satisfy our continued longing for intimacy.  But how many of us know that there is only one way to fill the void and it is through our Creator.

Let’s look at the word void.  We hear it a lot, but what does it really mean. Is it just church jargon or a cliché? Does it have a profound meaning for the Believer?   The Strong’s concordance defines it as lacking or emptiness. Webster defines it as total emptiness or empty space.

The answer to whether or not this word has profound meaning for the Believer is, yes it does.  The Believer has a tendency from time to time to feel a void or experience an emptiness or empty space within them.  You may ask, why is this? Well, I’m glad asked.  

 

Usually when there is a void there is a longing and a desire for something and someone.  In the case of the Believer it is a longing and a desire put there by God.  He created us to long for and desire Him.  He’s the only one who can fill this void in our lives. 

 

A lot of times we try to fill the void with something or somebody other than God and find that we only satisfy or temporarily satisfy a surface desire. But when it comes to the deep void in our lives it can only be filled by God.  Again, He created the void and only he can fill it. 

How do we get this void filled?  It is through intimacy with the Father and not with a Valentine's Day celebration. Intimacy means having a very close association, contact, familiarity or a friendship developing through a long association or connection. It means allowing yourself to be vulnerable, loving and trusting.

 

To have an intimate relationship with God means that the deepest part of us is having a relationship with the deep part of God.  We have to put ourselves on the line and be open with Him. From the beginning of time God created us to have a strong desire for intimacy with Him. Intimacy involves two people, so it can’t be attained alone. That means there has to be a relationship – a connection.

 There are Scriptures like, Zech 1:3 Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. (Turn means return, come back) 

Ps 145:18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
(Call means to call out, cry unto) 

John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.  (Abide means stay, remain, be present, dwell)
 

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you (Draw means
 come close)

All these scriptures imply that there has to be a relationship with the Father and He wants to have a relationship with us.

 

We can never have a relationship with another person if we don’t spend time with them. And if we don’t spend time with them there will never be any intimacy.  God desires intimacy with us and he longs for it.  Intimacy began in the Garden of Eden when God walked with man.  When Adam sinned the intimacy with God was lost. But God had a plan and He covered Adam and Eve with animal skins and shedding blood in the process so that the fellowship with mankind would be restored.  The shedding of the blood typified the sacrifice Christ would make in the future.

 

Let me first say this, there is no substitute for intimacy with the Father.  We will never be able to achieve intimacy with another person to the level God intended if we don’t strive for intimacy with Him.  Married or single we will never be called to have an intimate relationship with others if we are not intimate with the Father. We can have relationship but it will not be as fulfilling if our relationship with the Father is not developed first. It all has to start with the Father first. 

 

Scripture reads, Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Anything or anybody we put before God can become a god, God says, I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.  He will not play seconds to anyone. Father is looking for a deep personal intimacy with all Believer’s and that why there will always be a void in our lives that only He can fill.  As we grow in the Lord the desire for more of Him grows, it never goes away.

 

I believe that’s why David could pen these two scriptures O taste and see that the Lord is good, and in your presence is fullness of joy. He had attained a connection with the Father like no other.  He found what filled his emptiness and it was by being in an intimate relationship with the Father.

 

How do we know that David longed for intimacy with the Father.  It is penned so well in

Psalms 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. God is looking for a people who will be like the deer and began to pant, long or desire him. Do you know what a deer looks like when it’s panting for water? There is no self-consciousness about the deer he openly shows he’s thirsty.  David longed for God and wrote of his longing in this Psalms 63. David teaches us a few things about intimacy.  According to the heading David wrote this Psalms while in the Wilderness of Judah.  I’m pretty sure when David was in this wilderness he wanted out, but in the mist of if all He longed to be intimate with the Father, this is how he could write:

 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

David acknowledged that God is when he wrote, "O God thou art my God", he made it personal. He let it be known that God was his creator, owner and ruler. Because he acknowledged who God was David would seek him early. This means to enquire of diligently early in the morning. This means to search for with great effort.  In other words giving 100 percent of yourself until it seemingly hurts.

We must seek God and seek him before other things have the opportunity to distract our attention.  We must seek acquaintance with him, fellowship and communion.  We do this through prayer and by His Word.  Scripture reads in Jer 29:13,  "And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." 

David long for God so that it took control of his soul and flesh.  His desire for God became an absolute drive.  Everything about him longed supremely for God.  He didn’t want water He wanted God.  He wanted intimacy.  He wanted what all mankind craves for a deep personal relationship with God.  Why did he want to seek God so early? This next verse s this question.

2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.  David may have said something like this, I’ve seen your power and glory in the sanctuary, but I’m in the wilderness show me your glory.  It doesn’t matter where we are, whether we are in the sanctuary or in the wilderness we can still desire God.   A closet can be turned into a sanctuary.  I believe David had seen like Isaiah had in  Isa 6:1 when he said, "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple."  They both had a worship experience.

 3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
David goes on to say, out of all the things in the world God’s lovingkindness (His favor, mercy) is more valuable than life itself.  David valued the favor and friendship of God.  If he had to sacrifice one or the other, he preferred it to be his life.  David was a man afer God’s on heart.

According to 1 Sam 13:14, "the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people." Acts 13:22, "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will." 

4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
No matter were we find ourselves in life we need to bless the Father.  We must at all times be grateful for what he has already done and have a thankful heart.  Even when things are not going the way we like.  In everything give thanks.

5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

David compared how his soul would be satisfied to the best and richest of foods in abundance. That’s what marrow and fatness implies. Because God is the only one who can truly satisfy the void, there ought to be some kind of outward expression of this satisfaction.  David said my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.  That means open your mouth and praise Him joyfully.  This is an uninhibited praise.  The kind doesn't care whose looking. It’s a radical praise.

6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

David said I think about you when I'm in the bed and when the night comes I meditate on you.  In other words I rehearse over an over again who you and what you mean to me.  We need to do as David did think on his being, his character, his mercy and his loving kindness and that just to name a few. 

7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.  I believe David might say right here if he was in our time something like this: When I think of Jesus and all that he’s do for me my soul cries hallelujah, thank God for saving me.  Why? He was right there when we needed a Savior.  We can always rely on him.  He is ready and able to help us.

8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

We must have an earnest desire and be vigorous about our endeavor to keep up communion with God.  We have got to always be reaching for more of God.  We got to press hard after the Father.  That means to follow him closely as if we were going to lose sight of him and follow him swiftly, as one who longed to be with him.  In other word we need to say, (say this) "God I’m stuck like glue and nothing is going to separate me from you."

Paul put it this way in Rom 8:35-39, 

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We who follow hard after God would soon fail if it were not for His right hand to uphold us. It is his strength that causes us to pursue him.  It’s his power that we are kept from falling. 

In conclusion, what can we learn from David about intimacy?

David knew how to move God’s heart through intimacy.  Through relationship, trust and opening himself to be vulnerable. He knew just the right things to say. 

 
  1. It takes a personal relationship with Him
  2. Seek Him with diligently, early in the morning
  3. Have a worship experience
  4. We need to praise God with our lips
  5. Bless Him with uplifted hands
  6. Rejoice with our mouths
  7. Remember Him and meditate on Him
  8. Know that He is a present help in the time of need
  9. Chase after God, follow after him hard 

We need to ask ourselves:

Am I saying the right things to God to move his heart? 
Am I a man or women after God’s own heart?
Am I seeking intimacy with someone else before I seek intimacy with God?
The voids we experience in our lives can only be filled by intimacy with God.