The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.
Read Psalm 136. What do you see? What stands out? What is repeated 26x? The phrase “His steadfast love endures forever.”
What is this attribute of God? – “love”
Massive volumes have been written on the love of God. To understand God’s love, you have to understand God’s wrath against sin. If you don’t understand the utter wickedness of your soul apart from Christ and your inability to do anything about it, you will never really grasp God’s love. And when you tell others “God loves you” they will have no idea the depth of the meaning of that phrase until they understand the same. If you ask God to show you His love, He will likely show you your sin. =
What is the quality of God’s love? – It is “steadfast.”
This means He is loyal with His love. Sometimes in the O.T. or in some translations, you will see this translated as “loving kindness.” It is a reference to what we call God’s covenantal love. It is that love that God promises to demonstrate to His people that cannot be revoked. David Dickson, who is one of No fickle or unloving person can change or impact God’s love. His love cannot be quenched.
What will God’s love do? – It “endures.”
The proof His “love” will be “steadfast” is this: it “endures.” It lasts. The word means more than “enduring through difficulty” or “something excruciating;” it means simply “to continue to perform or to behave.”
God’s love has no limits. Jeremiah spoke this of God: “… I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” (Jer 31:3). In his book Made In Our Image, Steve Lawson tells us,
“God’s love will endure throughout eternity future. Even in the ages to come, nothing will hinder the flow of God’s perfect love toward us in Christ. Far different from the world’s kind of love, which is fickle and frail, God’s love remains steadfast and stable forever. … While the everlasting nature of His love is hard to comprehend, it is not hard to appreciate and enjoy God’s deep, abiding love for us, His people, will never be exhausted. His loving kindness, the psalmist exulted, is everlasting. … God’s eternal love will never end but will triumphantly endure forever God, and God alone, loves with such unfailing love.”