04/21/18 Steadfast Love

READING: 1 Chronicles 6; Psalms 36, 39, 77-78

“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.”

Psalm 36:5

It’s a story that never grows old. I first heard it when I was 12 years old, and it changed my life. I admit that I sometimes take it for granted, but then a text like Psalm 36 pulls me back to my wonder. 

The psalmist recognized the depth of evil in a wicked man who “flatters himself in his own eyes” (Psa. 36:2) and “plots trouble while on his bed” (Psa. 36:4). When you have “no fear of God” in your heart (Psa. 36:1), it’s easy to live however you wish. One who has no fear of God has set himself up as God.  

That’s where the good news comes in, though. God loves sinful people with a “steadfast love” that “extends to the heavens” (Psa. 36:5). His faithfulness reaches to the clouds, and his love is precious to those who receive it. They can rest under the shadow of His wings, feast at His table, and drink from the river of His delights (Psa. 36:7-8). His is a love that is undying, protective, and life-giving. 

To be honest, though, I don’t always feel loved or loveable. I wrestle with pride, and I sometimes question if I possess a healthy fear of God that His very being demands. I’m not always comfortable with God’s shining His light into the darkest corners of my heart. 

And still He loves me.  

Always, in fact, He loves me.  

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Listen to and sing this praise chorus today: "Your Love, O Lord."
  • Praise God for His love. 

PRAYER: “Father, I cannot thank You enough for Your love.” 

TOMORROW’S READING:  Review and catch up day