I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me.” Song of Songs 7:10

Most beautiful, grace-full Lord Jesus, we belong to you, period. It’s our most defining, enthralling, eternal identity. Bought by the price of your life, we are now known and loved in ways it will take heaven for us to fully realize.

By the power of your resurrection, make our belongingness and belovedness compelling—more compelling than anything else. We want to be less distracted and distressed over the state of our world, and more in awe and peace over the greatness of your heart.

Though we doubt many things, we don’t have to doubt what you think of us, and what you’re doing in the world. You cannot love us more, and you’ll never love us less. Every square inch of the cosmos, and every nanosecond of time, belongs to you. You are the ruler of the kings of the earth, the thwarter of the schemes of men, and are at work in all things for our good.

Demons tremble at your name, and bruised reeds love your appearing. When we are afraid, you meet us right there. When we feel joy, you intend even greater joy. Lord Jesus, on this October Sunday, we affirm that you, alone, are worthy of our awe, affection, and adoration. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.