Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Steadfast Love!

May 28: Psalms 111-118

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!
Psalm 111:10

4 The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
6 who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
Psalm 113:4-6

1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
2 Why should the nations say,“Where is their God?”

3 Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
Psalm 115:1-3

5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserves the simple;
when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return, O my soul, to your rest;
for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
Psalm 116:5-7

1 Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
2 For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 117

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.
29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 118:28-29

Steadfast Love!

Webster's dictionary defines the word "steadfast" in the following way: 1a: firmly fixed in place : immovable b: not subject to change.

How many things in this life are really steadfast? We think of trees as being steadfast, and yet a mere tornado can uproot them. We look at the mountains as being steadfast, and yet the mountains are gradually washing away every day. Our whole world, affected by sin, is in a state of constant deterioration.

But what of God? God is steadfast, He exhibits a steadfast love, and He presents a steadfast eternity prepared in advance for us! No wonder the Psalmist proclaims:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!


There is no glory in us; all glory for everything we have attained and achieved rests in God, alone! I am sure the Psalmist must have been pondering this when he proclaimed in Psalm 113:

4 The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
6 who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?


As we come to the end of our devotions on the life of David, we are reminded that this was his testimony until the very end of his life. Oh, he sinned, and yet he turned from that sin to a merciful God; remember when he was to decide his punishment for his sin in numbering the people, what did he choose? He chose to fall into the hands of God rather than men, for perhaps God would be gracious and relent from His great anger.

Psalm 117, which consists of only two verses, says:

1 Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
2 For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!


O love of God,
How can it be?
That Thou, my Lord,
did die for me!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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