Tag: enduring love
Scripture reading for June 23rd: Psalms 104-106
One of the attributes of God is that He is good! Thankfully, God has been good to me and I have personally experienced that goodness for over 60 years! In these last three psalms, the psalmist reflects on the goodness of God to His people because of who He is. Let’s reflect with this psalmist about God, the greatest subject that the human mind could contemplate!
Psalm 104 begins praising God who wraps Himself with light! This God is clothed in splendor and majesty! (Psalm 104:1-2) He by His great power has stretched out the heavens like a tent canopy and decorated the sky with jewels of light. He is the one who used the winds as His messengers and the lightening bolts as His servants. (Psalm 104:4) He set the earth on its foundations and formed it’s surface, covering it with water. He created the plants and animals and the birds of the air and fish of the sea. (Psalm 104:24-25) This majestic God is the source of all food, breath, and life! He is worthy of continual praise for His goodness! (Psalm 104:33-35)
In Psalm 105 God is worshiped for His faithfulness to His covenant! (Psalm 105:8-9) History is filled with the record of God’s miracles and deliverance on behalf of His people. The people of God have been cared for by God’s power and wisdom. He saved them from famine through Joseph and delivered them from Egypt through Moses. God brought the people out of slavery, loaded down with silver and gold. He fed them and watered them on their journey (Psalm 105:37-41). This was because of His promises to Abraham and the covenant that God faithfully kept!
Psalm 106:1 declared God’s goodness was without limit and His love was from everlasting to everlasting! God’s love also included His discipline for He only disciplines those He loves! Some of the judgments recorded included the death of the unbelieving generation in the wilderness! God dealt with unbelief, rebellion, idolatry, grumbling and disobedience! (Psalm 106: 32-39) God’s people have had a history of unfaithfulness, but He has remained faithful and will forever!
Take a moment today to remember God and His faithfulness to you personally. Look back over your life and offer thanks and worship for God’s creation, provision, healing, deliverance and discipline that you have experienced!
Scripture reading for July 1st: Psalms 135-139
“I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.” (Psalm 138:2-3)
The psalmist, David, was not near God’s temple but bowed down toward it in reverence and longing. He desired to praise God with all of his heart. As he thought about God, God’s love and faithfulness were the source of his praise. David had experienced God’s love and faithfulness personally in the midst of many trials of his early life. God was with him as he tended his father’s sheep in the wilderness, giving him victory over the lion and the bear. God’s faithfulness enabled him to stand up to Goliath, the Philistine giant, and bring him down. (1st Samuel 17:45)
God’s love and faithfulness are revealed in His name and His word! David stated that God had exalted His name and word above all things! God’s name is above every name and every ‘god’. His name is holy and those who know his name personally and act in that name have supernatural abilities. God’s word is forever settled in the heavens. Faith comes by hearing God’s word and true faith acts. When we know God personally by name and know His powerful word, God’s love and faithfulness become reality to us and we call on Him and He answers!
“May all the kings of the earth praise you, O Lord, when they hear the words of your mouth. May they sing of the ways of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord is great.” (Psalm 138:4-5)
When we are filled with God’s love and His word, our desires begin to line up with His desires. Notice how David’s prayer in this psalm goes up for the nations and their leaders. David wants them to know God’s words, to worship Him, and to bring Him glory!
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life; You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with Your right hand you save me. The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever–You will not abandon the works of your hands.” (Psalm 138:7-8) Through heartfelt worship, faith rises with boldness. David confidently states his trust in God’s enduring love!