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#MWC E2.13

Jeff shares the song “We Are Loved” and talks about two main points that stuck out to him in the opening chapters of Deuteronomy on this week’s #MidweekWorshipConnection.

I have been spending the last couple of days in the studio working on a song. This year, every month I am planning to spend a couple of days recording and then releasing a song. The song that I am sharing today is this month’s “Record & Release” song. If you go on to the webpage later tonight (JeffPolenMusic.com) you can hear the studio version of this song.

The song was written by the SongWriter’s Guild. I had this chorus in my mind that comes from James 4:4, which talks about, “friendship with the world is enmity towards God.” So here is a song that hopefully will remind us that We Are Loved.

We Are Loved (written by Keith Byler | Rocky Favia, Jr. | Jeff Kaufman | Jeff Polen)

Deep in my heart there is a yearning
A love collision in my soul
I’ve loved this world and all it offers
And I have tried to call You “Lord”

I don’t want this anymore
I don’t want this anymore

Oh God, I know You came and suffered
I know Your blood has set me free
Yet I’ve returned to life in bondage
With broken chains around my feet

I don’t want this anymore
I don’t want this anymore

Friendship with the world is enmity towards God
And lovers of this world, they will have no place with God
We were made for so much more than this world could offer us
We are loved! We are loved!
We are loved! We are loved!

Deep in my heart I hear You calling
But we like sheep have gone astray
My endless feasting at the table of this world
It tears me down until You feel so far away

I don’t want this anymore
I don’t want this anymore

Friendship with the world is enmity towards God
And lovers of this world, they will have no place with God
We were made for so much more than this world could offer us
We are loved! We are loved!
We are loved! We are loved!

Cleanse your hands
Rend your heart
Lift your eyes
Oh, my soul

Cleanse your hands (we are loved!)
Rend your heart (we are loved!)
Lift your eyes (we are loved!)
Oh, my soul (we are loved!)

We are loved! We are loved!
We are loved! We are loved!

Friendship with the world is enmity towards God
And lovers of this world, they will have no place with God
We were made for so much more than this world could offer us
We are loved! We are loved!
We are loved! We are loved!

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You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5, ESV)

Deuteronomy is an interesting book. It is the final book of the Torah, and it starts with a speech from Moses, basically reminding the people of how the LORD has led the Israelites thus far. He also reminds them of the Ten Commandments that were given at Mount Sinai, and reminds them of the covenant relationship that the LORD has made with his people.

Moses is speaking to a new generation of Israelites. The previous generation, the one whom God had led miraculously out of slavery in the land of Egypt, that generation had failed to trust in the LORD and died in their rebellion. Only Joshua, Caleb, and Moses remained from that generation, and Moses will not live to enter the Promised Land.

In these opening chapters of Deuteronomy, Moses says two things, specifically, that I want to look at more closely.

The first is his summary of how we should respond to God:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5, ESV)

God is so good! He has done great and mighty things in each of our lives. In fact, we are breathing right now because He not only created oxygen and lungs, but He actually allows us to continue using them each and every moment of the day because of His goodness and grace! What should our response to this be? To love the LORD our God with all of our hearts and with all of our souls and with all of our might!

This is the only reasonable response!

The second thing that I want to look at more closely is why the LORD loves us so much. What is it about us that is so special? The answer is found in Deuteronomy 7.

“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 7:6-8, ESV)

It turns out that there is really nothing special about us. God chose us simply because He is good. He chose us simply because He loves us. He has shown us how to live simply because He cares for us and wants what is best for us. He sent His only Son to die on the cross to forgive us of our sins and to offer us eternal life not because we were worthy of it, but because He is rich in mercy.

God is good!

Reading back through the words of Moses, and of the epic adventures of the Israelites as they wandered through the wilderness rebelling against God at every turn, it reminds me of what is truly important. It reminds me of what my first response to God should be at every moment of every day.

Like the Israelites, it is far too easy for me to get caught up in this world and to spend so much time and energy worrying about me… and about what I think is best for me. But that mentality is both fruitless and foolish.

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4, ESV)

Our better response is to realize that God is with us. He has been with us every step of the journey thus far, and He is faithful to remain with us tomorrow.

Rather than spending our time, energy, thoughts, and passion on worthless things, we should simply love the LORD our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our might.

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