its a word i use but can’t define.
i want it to be the beat of my heart towards FATHER-GOD. as i want HIM to define me, so i also want HIM to define our intimacy:
- its level and depth
- its passion
- its desire
- its will
- its devotion
- its time
- its standard
- its place
- its object
how HE defines it is how i want to live it.
this is from a journal entry i did last night inside our churches 24/7 prayer room. the word intimacy really struck me last night. i wasn’t sure if it was even used much in the bible … according to the skimmed-down-concordance in the back of my bible anyways. so i looked up some references for the word ‘know’ – as in to know, be known, etc. below is a list i found, and it is no way exhaustive at all. but it’s a list nonetheless that is causing my heart to wonder, “what is intimacy … and how do i get more of it”.
KNOW // INTIMACY: Psalm 46:10, Psalm 139, Jeremiah 24:7, Jeremiah 29:11-14, John 10:14, John 15 (remain//intimate), John 17:3, Philippians 3:10, 2 Timothy 1:12, 2 Timothy 2:19, I John 2:3-6, 1 John 3:16.
i then did a quick search for the word intimacy on biblegateway.com, under the heading “amplified bible” and this verse popped up: But if one loves God truly [ with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [ recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him]. 1 Corinthians 8:3
the niv puts it this way: But the man who loves GOD is known by GOD.
and i stopped searching for the meaning of intimacy … because i think this says it simply enough. the one who loves GOD – and nothing more than GOD – is the one known by GOD – in the most intimate of ways. that my friend is freakin sweet! and that’s my hearts desire – even though i stray back and forth more than a drunk man on skies going down a steep icy hill in the pitch black … blindfolded.
psalm 139 speaks volumes about GOD knowing us on intimate levels; going through great lengths to form us and keep us close to HIM. i re-read it last night, and for some reason, though i have read this psalm hundreds of times, the meaning of the words hit me like it was my first time reading them. i love how scripture does that to you. as i read psalm 139 and became awe struck, the GOD of the known universe – the infinite GOD of all time and space-the GOD almighty – took great time in making me (in making you). if you were to do CSI work on your insides, you would find GOD’S fingerprints all over you. that’s amazing!?!
if i could craw up into GOD’S ‘skin’ i would … i want to be that close to HIM. i’m messy as all get out … i want to know HIM. and it’s not one of those, “yeah i know GOD”, rather it’s one of those, “yeah i KNOW GOD … and HE knows me … we’re that tight”.
as i walked home last night from the prayer room, i had another thought in mind, “what idols do i adore more than HIM?” truth be told, i have idols in my life – i have other gods that i cling to in certain times of the day. so what am i going to do with them? how intimate am i going to be with them? i am created to be a lover and a worshipper … but not a lover and worshipper of many gods, but only one GOD.
then i read psalm 138 …