The word “intimacy” usually makes us think of romantic movies like “The Notebook” or that special person that is close to us like our spouse, fiance, or beloved.
And for some, the thought of intimacy with a God they can’t see and don’t know personally might seem weird, creepy, scary, or fanatical/crazy. Even for the religious scholar who knows a lot “about” God but doesn’t really know God close and personal and intimately — the idea of an intimacy with God that parallels the intimacy recorded in books like the Song of Songs may be too much for them to wrap their theology and traditions around comfortably. But we are the Bride of Christ, beloved — He is our prize and portion, and He isn’t some far away, dead teacher who taught good things — He is our risen Lord and Savior and our beloved.
Does this stretch our faith, when we consider the love we have our have not shown in return for our beloved who didn’t just romantically say, “I love you so much I would die for you”, but He actually proved it on the cross?
Does this bring to light, not condemnation that we “aren’t doing enough for Him”, but conviction that leads to repentance out of the realization, belief, and gratitude does what our beloved his done and who He is to us?
Have we been out whoring with the distractions of the world again and neglected our quiet, intimate time with our beloved?
Just like I long for intimacy regularly with my wife — not just physical intimacy in sex, but relational intimacy in sharing our lives together, and emotional intimacy in love and care and sacrificial (willingly compromising) service to each other — I also long for spiritual intimacy with the Lord. Just lime my body aches for physical contact, like my ego aches for interaction and engagement with others in life, like my heart aches for emotional bounds with others, my spirit aches with a God sized hole that only He can fill.
David was considered a man after God’s own heart ands wrote Psalm 63 that touches upon intimacy with God:
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. But those who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; they shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a portion for jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped.
Psalm 63:1-11 ESV