At the core of the love of God is steadfastness. Faithfulness. Undying commitment. The refusal to give up. The determination to lavish grace until it transforms the receiving soul.
And oh the glory of this kind of love! It is the great hope and the fountain of joy in this life.
The other day I read Psalm 36. It begins by bemoaning sin in the human heart and as we contemplate what's said there we realize that David's words are an accurate portrayal of our own hearts. As this sinks in, we begin to feel the weight of our sin and wonder how we'll ever be right with God and others.
But then come these hope-filled words like a flood! They shift our perspective from our hearts to our Savior. Please savor them with me, remembering that the "steadfast love of the Lord" is the "never-ending love of the Lord."
"Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O LORD. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light" (Psalm 36:5-9).
If we turn to the Lord and believe in him, the measure of our hope and joy is the measure of his steadfast love. So contemplate the measure of his steadfast love in these verses and you'll surely feel the power of the hope and the depth of the joy we have in him! And then remember that he kept his steadfast love, and best demonstrated it, all the way to the day when he sent his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to live and die and live again for the forgiveness of our sins and the restoration of our relationship with him. And then remember that the God who has been steadfast and faithful will be steadfast and faithful forever and ever.
O Friends, may we allow the glory of the steadfast love of the Lord to grip our hearts! There is no greater hope and no deeper joy.