“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. For His steadfast love endures forever.”
Now, that’s a common refrain, a common phrase in the Psalms, “The steadfast love of God endures forever.” And I just want you to think about that for a moment, particularly in a world where so many of us have had people in our lives who loved us for a little while and then left us. I just think about speaking to a group of students recently, the number of students before me who’ve had a parent who has loved them for a little while and then left them who’s no longer in their lives. I think about every Sunday when I’m standing before the church God’s entrusted me to care for and pastor, and I think about all the men and women before me who have had a spouse who has loved them for a little while and then left them. I think about the number of people who’ve had a close friend, someone who they thought loved them well, who they leaned on and trusted in, but that close friend betrayed them.
In a world of fleeting love and heartbreak, we can rest assured that God’s love for us is steadfast and endures forever.
We live in a world where people let us down in ways that are so hurtful, in ways that have affects on our lives for a long time, maybe the rest of our lives. And so to open up the Bible and to hear these words about God, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.” Doesn’t that reality just boom from the pages of the Bible? Across a world where love in so many ways, in so many relationships doesn’t last, the steadfast love of the one who matters most lasts forever. And there’s an exclamation point on the end of Psalm 107:1, and I think there’s a good reason for it there because this is good news. God is good and His steadfast love for you endures forever. For all who trusts in Him, for all who lean on Him, for all who look to Him, the steadfast love of God endures forever. For all who have turned from sin and self, trusted in Jesus, what He has done.
Out of the Father’s love, God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will never perish, but have eternal life. For all who trust in Jesus, you enter into relationship with God that will last forever. For all of eternity, you have life that can depend on the love of God. So no matter who lets you down and no matter how much it hurts, you can always look up and know that the one who matters most, His steadfast love for you, unfailing love for you will never ever, ever end. All glory be to Your name, Oh God for Your love, for Your steadfast love that lasts forever. For your steadfast love that lasts forever. God, thank You. Thank You that no matter what happens tomorrow … I have no idea what’s going to happen to my life tomorrow, or the next day, or the next day. None of us do, but we do know this, no matter what happens tomorrow or the next day or the next day, You will love us with us steadfast love that will never, ever, ever end.
10 billion years from now, You will still love us with a steadfast love. We bank our lives on this God, we trust and this and we praise You for this. We say with the Psalmist, “Yes, You are good and we thank You for Your steadfast love endures forever. God, I pray. I pray particularly for those who may be fresh off of hurt and pain. I say fresh off of, who are experiencing right now, hurt and pain from someone who has loved them for a little while and is no longer there. I just pray that especially right now, as they lift their eyes to You, they would know You are love for them and they would know that love will last forever as they trust in Jesus, as they look to You. In His name, we pray. In the name of the one who makes Your everlasting love a reality in our lives. In Jesus name, we pray, amen.
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