He brought me to the banqueting house. And his banner over me was love. Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick. Song of Songs 2:4
There are many sick among us in this surreal pandemic. We are concerned for friends and loved ones, and we are praying earnestly for those we know are diagnosed with COVID-19. Perhaps our consolation will come through another diagnosis - the diagnosis of being lovesick for Jesus. When we embrace isolation and solitude with the purpose of seeking intimacy with Jesus, He will take us into His “banqueting house.” He will cover us in His love which will sustain us. The word “sustain” means to be supported or strengthened mentally and physically. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Go away with Him to His banqueting house. You will find a retreat and refuge from the troubles of this world. He will sustain and refresh you with His great love.
Pray Psalm 16:1-2, 5-11:
Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
O my soul, you have said to the Lord,
“You are my Lord,
My goodness is nothing apart from You.”
O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in the realm of the dead,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see decay.
You will show me the path of life.
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
“Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” G. K. Chesterton