Your ultimate joy comes from your Lover. He is not only the Greatest Lover you will ever have, He’s the only One Who truly knows how to love.
Here’s a story of how He loves you:
Suppose there was a King who loved a humble maiden. The King was like no other king. Every statesman trembled before His power. No one dared breathe a word against Him, for He had the strength to crush all opponents. And yet this mighty King was melted by love for a humble maiden.
How could He declare His love for her? In an odd sort of way, His very kingliness tied His hands. If He brought her to the palace and crowned her head with jewels and clothed her body in royal robes, she would surely not resist – no one dared resist Him. But would she love Him?
She would say she loved Him, of course, but would she truly? Or would she live with Him in fear, nursing a private grief for the life she had left behind. Would she be happy at His side? How could He know?
If He rode her forest cottage in His royal carriage, with an armed escort waving bright banners, that too would overwhelm her. He did not want a cringing subject. He wanted a lover, an equal. He wanted her to forget that He was a King and she a humble maiden and to let shared love cross over the gulf between them.
For it is only in love that the unequal can be made equal. The king, convinced He could not elevate the maiden without crushing her freedom, resolved to DESCEND. He clothed Himself as a beggar and approached her cottage incognito, with a worn cloak fluttering loosely about Him. It was no mere disguise, but a new identity He took on. He renounced the throne to win her hand.
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” Philippians 2:6-8
How is your relationship with the Greatest Lover? Do you have the joy that comes from Him?