steadfast love

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When I first came to the boys home 5 weeks ago, I thought that I knew who God was and what He would do amongst these boys. Now, as I am reflecting I have realized that I had no concept of God’s love in the lives of these boys. I know now that I made Him to be smaller than He is. The faces that you see now in these pictures do not reveal the pasts of addictions to paint thinner or glue. They do not reveal the deep gashes in the sides of their faces and they do not reveal the lost hope that once guided their lives. They reveal recovery, new life, replenished hope, and brotherly love.  The term “steadfast love” appears roughly 116 times in the Psalms alone and just in Psalm 136, it appears 26 times. I am still unsure of what it means when the Bible says that “God is love,” but I can at least say now that I have lightly scratched the surface of the height and depth and breadth of my God’s great and steadfast love.

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Psalm 136

136:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods,
for his steadfast love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

4 to him who alone does great wonders,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
5 to him who by understanding made the heavens,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
6 to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
7 to him who made the great lights,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
8 the sun to rule over the day,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
9 the moon and stars to rule over the night,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
11 and brought Israel out from among them,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
12 with a strong hand and an outstretched arm,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
13 to him who divided the Red Sea in two,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
14 and made Israel pass through the midst of it,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
15 but overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness,
for his steadfast love endures forever;

17 to him who struck down great kings,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
18 and killed mighty kings,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
19 Sihon, king of the Amorites,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
20 and Og, king of Bashan,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
21 and gave their land as a heritage,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
22 a heritage to Israel his servant,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
24 and rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
25 he who gives food to all flesh,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

26 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.

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steadfast love

3 thoughts on “steadfast love

  1. Kassie says:

    Funny you should bring that up. A couple weeks ago I was struggling with the enormity of the cross. I though, “How could God become man? Why would He do that.” A couple days later I was reading the Psalms and came across the phase “steadfast love and faithfulness.” I then realized, if God is infinite and His attributes are infinite, how could He do any less? Awesome!

    Praise God!

  2. JW says:

    Last month I read through the Psalms and one of the richest parts for me was finding that refrain strewn throughout the Psalms. The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever. We must remind ourselves frequently lest we forget this. It was a staple of the Psalmist. I am no better than he.

  3. Josiah says:

    Thanks Emilie, I have enjoyed and been encouraged by your posts. God’s bigness and realness has been something that He has been showing me lately, and it’s so cool to see Him at work, in distant lands, as it were, both in your life and those you are working with. I keep you in my prayers, God be with you,
    ~Josiah

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