The Steadfast Love of the LORD
The steadfast love of the LORD is…
… the FUEL OF OUR WORSHIP
So often in the Psalms, it is “the steadfast love of the LORD” that is the cause for exuberant worship of God. Entire psalms are constructed around this very theme. Psalm 136 begins and ends with this refrain, “Give thanks to the LORD for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” In fact, in a rather emphatic way, the psalm begins with the first three verses simply repeating this refrain and every verse after ends by saying “for his steadfast love endures forever.” In other words, if you really think about the steadfast love of the LORD you can’t help but respond in worship.
… the ANCHOR OF OUR HOPE
The love of God is the anchor of our hope. It is a hope that rests in the goodness of God. Consider Psalm 89. It begins with the assertion, “I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD forever.” And yet this psalm is a psalm of lament. It laments the destruction of Jerusalem, the city of God. In the midst of their grief, the people cry out, “How long, O LORD” and “Lord, where is your steadfast love of old?” It is in those times that seem dark and when God seems distant, that we too cry out with the reminder of God’s steadfast love. It becomes our anchor and our hope. God is good. God does love us. God’s love is steadfast and faithful.
… the FOCUS OF OUR MEDITATION
If “the steadfast love of the LORD” is mentioned over 120 times in the book of Psalms, this book of prayers, then it makes me think that this ought to often be the focus of our meditation. What do you think of when you think of God? If you are not automatically drawn to the assurance of his steadfast and eternal love for you, you ought to spend some time in the Psalms. It will force you to meditate on his love for you. Of course, this puts us right at the cross of Jesus, the greatest expression of God’s love for us. Meditate daily on his love.
… the CONFIDENCE OF GOD’s GOODNESS
I love Psalm 107. It reads like a testimony service. Person after person stands up and tells their personal story of how they experienced God’s lovingkindness. In each case, they were in trouble and cried out to God. Each story was different in their circumstance but similar in their need. When they cried out, God delivered them. Not surprisingly, Psalm 107 begins, “Oh give thanks to the LORD for he is good, for his steadfast love of the LORD endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so!” And so with confidence, you too can cry out to God and through Jesus, he will deliver you from your sin and from your fears.
… the JOY OF OUR LIVES
Finally, it is “the steadfast love of the LORD” that is what brings us joy in life. Psalm 90 is considered a “wisdom psalm,” teaching us to number our days and to take into account the brevity and struggle of life. Where then do we find joy in this brief life that is often filled with trouble? Psalm 90:14 says, “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” In other words, if we know the steadfast and eternal love of God, we will possess a joy that transcends this life.
If you need to be reminded of the “steadfast love of the LORD,” spend some time in the Psalms. If you read five chapters a day, you can read through the entire book in a month. Give it a try. It will greatly encourage you. God loves you!
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