God’s Faithful Love
My readings this morning came from Psalm 36 and Psalm 100. Both focus on God’s faithful love but from different angles. Psalm 36 seems to look on God’s love with admiration and awe while Psalm 100 sees God’s love as humbling to thankfulness. These do not stand in opposition to one another but lead to the same place: praising God.
I was struck by something this morning, that I probably had thought of before, but never really stopped to ponder over. It’s nothing profound, just a thought. Psalm 36:5 reads, “Lord, Your faithful love reaches to heaven, Your faithfulness to the skies.” In the ancient times when this was written, this had to be nearly absurd. With modern technology over the last 60+ years, some of the magnitude of this statement may get lost. Hundreds of thousands of people “reach the skies” every day in airplanes, and we have even gone beyond the skies into “the heavens” with space exploration. Stop, then, and catch what the psalmist is saying. Said with sincerity, he is portraying God’s faithfulness and love as completely unmatched, unthinkable, inexplicable. Paul would echo this praise with similar thought in his letter to the Ephesians, He “…is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to [His] power that works in us – to Him be the glory…” (v. 20-21). God’s love is not confined the finite understanding of man. Even though our understanding of our world has increased tremendously since the writing of the Psalms, God’s faithful love is still reaches far beyond our understanding. In Paul’s day and certainly in the Old Testament time, soaring through the skies was nonsense. No one could “reach the skies” except Him who created all things (Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:16).
I really don’t know what a modern equivalent to this statement might be (perhaps “reaches to the ends of the universe” or “encompasses all of the vast galaxies”), but I encourage you to take a moment today and ponder that God’s faithful love is just as unmatched, “above and beyond all” today, as it was in ancient times. In fact, this is exactly what the psalmist is declaring in Psalm 100:5, “For the Lord is good and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.” And it is this consistent, faithful, unwavering, unmatched love that bids us “Come, follow Me” (Luke 9:23).
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