Running the Race as a Winner
Emotionally involved with the King
In the vicissitudes and victories of his cause in the World
Known by him,
In spite of which he wants me as his friend. (Psalm 139)
We are in love with the King and he is in love with us, and our personalities inter-penetrate as we live in his world where we have a mutual understanding and shared subjectivity with its own special music and emotional quality.
He is our emotional support system, our sanctuary, source of nourishment and energy, and a point of certainty that is solid and real.
We and the King have committed ourselves to each other. We have chosen to join forces. This kind of love takes courage on our part and unlimited grace on his part. As it made him vulnerable to the death of his only Son, it makes us vulnerable because it requires self-disclosure. We must be willing to know and encounter ourselves. The King has a genuine interest in our private worlds. In an atmosphere of respect and acceptance we are involved in his viewpoints, passions, and responses – his pain and anger, his joy and happiness. We are attentive to what he has to say and are confident in his concern about what we have to say.[i] Our King and “I” communicate to each other the full range of our mental and emotional worlds: love, joy, excitement, perceptions, and thoughts.[ii]
Prayer: I will praise you with my whole heart; before the gods I will sing praise to you. And praise your name for your loving kindness and your truth; for you have magnified your Word above all your name. In the day that I cried out to you, you answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. Search me O God and know my heart. My soul delights in you. And blessed be the name of the Lord God from this time forth and forevermore.