DESIRE // LENT D::29 — 2.0
[ Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ]
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul (thirst, desire, being) and with all your strength.”
"Frequently nepes means man in his ardent desire, which is like the parched longing of the man who is dying of thirst. This is how the nepes thirsts (Psalm 42)—that is to say the longing desire for the living God felt by author of the lament.
The Deuteronomic command to love Yahweh with the whole of the nepesh (Deut. 6:5) means accordingly the man should carry the whole living force of his wishes and all his longing desire into his love for the one God of Israel.
—From Anthropology of the Old Testament by Hans Walter Wolff
Wolff give A TON of great insight into this living being we were created as. This idea, as he says, "man does not have a nepesh (soul), he is nepesh (soul), he lives as a nepesh (soul)." Much like the C.S. Lewis quote i ran across.
To love God will all of your soul is to love him with your desire. Sometimes that desire seems overwhelming and pushes us in any number of directions for satisfaction but from the beginning God has wanted us to love him with our desire. And this is how he created us!
I think in the desert, when we are truly thirsty, when our soul desires rage more than ever we can understand this primal desire more than ever. Because your never as thirsty as you are when you in the desert, right!?!?
Grace and peace