“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!…Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes….You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. – Psalm 118: 1, 6-9, 28-29
Steadfast – resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering – loyal. What a most wonderful way to describe the love of our God. Resolute – admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. God’s love toward His children is purposeful. God didn’t just happen to love us. He purposed—He chose to love us. He created us in love and determined to always love us. Unwavering—think about waves of the sea—they are up and down, they cause boats to capsize, they can crush and drown a person. But the Lord’s love does not waver like a wave of the sea. No, His love is unwavering. Even though our sin ensnared us and broke the fellowship we enjoyed with Him, God’s steadfast love endured. And it endures forever! What shall separate us from the Love of God? As Paul says in Romans….NOTHING! “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
God’s steadfast love endures forever. It was with us at creation. It was with us when we sinned. It was with us when we stumbled. It was with us at the cross. It was with us at salvation. It is with us now. It will be with us forever.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast loves endures forever!”