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  • Writer's pictureKristina Trott

What love is this?

Updated: Jun 6, 2023

Yesterday we went to a concert where the Australian composer, Prof. Matthew Hinson, introduced us to some of his recently composed pieces for the piano, “Sad Pieces”. One of them was about love and he wanted to show how all encompassing was love to the human spirit in the midst of all the pain of the pandemic.

My mind wandered. In one part I heard a single clear and tender melody, uncluttered and transparent. It made me meditate on the time God revealed Himself to Elijah. After the tempest, earthquake and fire there was a still small voice that was God - God, in His love, gently revealing Himself to Elijah.

We so often see God as a powerful force, like when He slew in one fell swoop 185,000 soldiers who had encamped against Jerusalem, or when He spoke at different times and His voice thundered.

Yet when we think of God’s love being given to us we think in terms of His love being poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5) just like the time when God’s love was poured out into a cup so that the master of the wedding breakfast could taste it (John 2:9).

When God’s love has been poured out into our hearts, we are ever able to taste His presence, an unsurpassed sweetness just like what the Master of the wedding feast noted. A simple and uncomplicated taste that delivers a promise to us of love unfeigned and unchanging. A taste that we yearn for.

You never change You are the God You say You are When I'm afraid You come and still my beating heart You stay the same When hope is just a distant thought You take my pain And You lead me to the cross.

What love is this That You gave Your life for me And made a way for me to know You And I confess You're always enough for me You're all I need.[1]

All quotations are from the NLT.

[1] Song by Kari Jobe 2012

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