January 12, Sunday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, first posted on September 16, 2013, is written by a former staff at an AMI church. 

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Reconsidering the Love of God”

Psalm 89:1-4

I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. 2 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” 3 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn to David my servant: 4 ‘I will establish your offspring forever, and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah

Repeated throughout Scripture is the phrase “the steadfast love of the Lord.” And here, the psalmist describes God’s love as being consistent and persistent.  Upon thinking about God’s immutability (unchanging nature), we are awed by the realization that His love will never change no matter how badly we act from time to time.  

How wonderful indeed is His steadfast love for the undeserved!  This is love that is grounded and rooted in the very nature of who God is!  Thus, He refrained from breaking his covenant with David in spite of his offspring’s (Israel) relentless disobedience.  In the end, this is the unconditional love that resulted in the substitutionary death of His Son that brings us life. 

This Psalm encourages us to look at love from a new perspective, for all we are too familiar with the conditional love that the world gives us as well as the love we give the world. We are used to understanding love as a temporary emotion or feeling that is only secure if situations or circumstances don’t change. Often times, love seems to be a precursor to disappointment. Yet here, the psalmist declares that the love of God is praiseworthy because this love is tied to the promise of God, the covenant of God, the nature of God, and the heart of God. This is a secure and constant love that doesn’t change, despite of our failings, in which we can find hope. 

This morning, let’s reflect upon the love of God which is so strong and secure. Let us praise God for He loves us so steadfastly.

Prayer: Dear God, we love You.  We adore You. We exalt You.  We desire You. There is no one in this universe who is even remotely equal to You.  You stand alone apart from all your creations; yet, we are so grateful that You are in our midst, loving us and caring for us.  Thank You. Amen. 

Bible Reading for Today: John 14

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