The Pleasure of His Company

Michael Beck

“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” (Psalm 27:10)

Parting from those we love can be a painful thing. Our spouses take off for work, and we are left alone. Our children grow up and leave our home, and we are left alone. Our parents grow old and die, and we are left alone.

Loneliness is a terrible thing when we are only living with ourselves. God though did not create us for others or for ourselves, He created us to live with and for Him. If we are His and He is ours then we are never left alone. He is our forever friend who stays with us when all others have left or been taken away. His arms are everlasting arms. He is our eternal Refuge. He has promised to be with us always, even to the end.

Loneliness can swallow us up. There is a deep emptiness and pain we can feel when no one is around to interact with. We long for communication, we long for someone to know us, we want involvement with others, we need response. Loneliness can make us restless. We feel compelled to find the company of people, sometimes the wrong people.

Our deep desire for intimacy can never be met outside of a friendship with God. That He is with us needs to be enough. That He sees us, knows us, talks to us, hears us, responds to us; these all need to be enough. There should be no awkward silences with God. There should be no getting up and walking away because He’s too boring. Let Him be to you what only He can be: a friend that sticks closer than any other.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.