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An Original Work / March 10, 2018

Based off Psalm 36

You speak words of love to me,
But your actions deny them.
Your eyes, full of adultery,
Testify against you.

Promises made, but not kept,
Words spoken, often in jest,
Hardhearted and prideful unrest,
Put your Lord to the test.

You think that I am like you.
In your image, you make me.
You conform me to your likeness.
Your sins do not confess.

You do what you know is wrong.
You refuse to do what’s right.
So, you cheapen my grace to you,
And, from me you take flight.

Thus, you do not hate your sin.
Instead, you entertain it.
Then, you cover it up with lies,
Thinking I’ll accept that.

But, my love for you is pure.
My grace is all sufficient
For you to live in righteousness,
From sin, live in freedom!

That is why I died for you,
That you might walk in vict’ry.
For, crucified with me to sin,
You are now forgiven.

So, walk now by my Spirit.
You’ll not gratify the flesh.
You’ll know the joy and love of God.
Your soul will now find rest.
When I was in high school, back in the 1960s, I was “in love” with a guy, and we were friends, but he was not in love with me. He was in love with another girl, who was not in love with him. And, I wrote a poem about that, at that time. So, as I sat down to write “Unrequited Love,” and I prayed for the Lord to give me the words he wanted me to write, the Lord brought that poem to my mind, at least this one stanza:

“Why must I go from day to day
hoping you might look my way?
Won’t you look? Won’t you see
that your love she’ll never be?”

What the Lord was showing me there is that He is the one saying this to his church. He is saying to his church, his bride, why won’t you look to me to meet all your needs? Why won’t you look to me to be your only love, your only desire? Why must you go after “other loves” who can never love you back, which can never satisfy the deep longings of your soul? They will only leave you empty. Why don’t you look to me as your only Lord and Savior?