Intimate – that’s a word we usually associate with wacky commercials promising “explosive” sex or maybe back room whispers in the dark.  Physical intimacy takes center stage on TV and entertainment, but the Lord, the God Who loves you, desires emotional and spiritual intimacy with you.

A genuine relationship is God’s idea. He created the desire within us because He longs to be intimate with us, His creation. It can and should be experienced in every dimension of our being—spirit, soul, and body—in a continual way, never dependent on feeling or circumstances. Don’t be willing to settle for imposters such as sexual or emotional intimacy or conditional bonding.

Three Hebrew words are used in the Old Testament to describe the intimacy that the Lord desires and for us to have with Him.  The depth of the personal relationship described is absolutely beautiful.

YAD (Hebrew)—to know deeply. This word is used in Psalm 139:1–4 to express God’s deep personal awareness and understanding of us. He knew us from our mother’s womb and is acquainted with our every thought, emotion, and motivation. And the good news is that His love is unconditional, meaning that He loves us deeply even though He knows our innermost thoughts.

O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it all together.  Psa 139:1-4

SOD (Hebrew) – refers to revelation or disclosure of one to another. God desires to disclose Himself to us in a personal, valuable way.  He wants you to know Him; and He longs to be a part of your life. Stop and consider for a moment.  The great Creator of the entire universe waits for you to open your heart and receive Him.  He will not force Himself on You because He wants you to willingly offer yourself to Him Lord “…takes the upright into His confidence.” Prov 3:32 NIV

SAKAN (Hebrew)—living together, to make a home together. God wants to dwell in your heart and be the foundation of your future. This beneficial or caring involvement is the hallmark of a genuine relationship.  A Message from the high and towering God, who lives in Eternity whose name is Holy:  “I live in the high and holy places, but also with the low-spirited, the spirit-crushed, And what I do is put new spirit in them, get them up and on their feet again.  (Isa 57:15 MESS)

(This message is adapted from New Start for Single Moms by Diane Strack, Thomas Nelson Publishers)