Thursday Reflection – January 16, 2020
God’s Love is Sure
“The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes” Psalm 119:64
Where? Tell me where on this earth can we go and not experience the love of God? What? Tell me what situation is too great for God’s love? How? How can we go on living and not accept God’s love? Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the bible and the longest chapter as well, is believed to be written by King David throughout his life. This Psalm is centered on God’s laws and following those laws. The words representing law- statues, judgement, word, testimonies, commandments, precepts- are mentioned in at least 171 of the 176 verses in this psalm. Our verse for reflection is one such verse.
David reflecting on God’s laws desires to know them more intimately. As he reflected he stated, “The earth, O Lord. Is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statues.” David throughout his life would have been on the run, hidden in cave, wandered in the wilderness, driven from his home and experienced death threats, but none of these situations prevented him from experiencing God’s love. He would have experienced the opposite as well where he governed a unified Kingdom, conquered armies and nations and received riches. In these moments good and bad he experienced the love of God.
Friends, there is no situation, or circumstances, or individual that can stop us from experiencing the love of God. God’s love is present in all situations. David says that the earth is full of God’s love. Think about it, whether you are a Christian or not, we would have experienced God’s love and mercy throughout our life. We are alive because of God’s love. We have been pressed on every side, but not crushed, because of God’s love. We have faced times of adversity but we are still here because of God’s love. We cannot hide from it, we cannot run from it; God’s love is everywhere. God’s love has filled this earth. Many might say they cannot see God’s love in such a wicked world, but let’s not look at the world, let us look at our own lives, that way it is easier to see how much God love us.
The Psalmist also makes this declaration, God’s love is steadfast. Steadfast means sure, loyal, faithful and unwavering. God’s love is certain. We might have doubts about many things in life, but one thing we can be certain of and that is God love for us. Hallelujah! We all want love and that is why many of us search after relationships whether intimate or friendship wise. We all want to experience love, but let me tell you something, “There is no love greater or as good as the love of God. No one will love you like God.” God’s love is certain! I guarantee you that neither your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father nor anyone else can love you like God.
When we have experienced such love, we too, like the psalmist must say, “Teach me your statutes.” Teach us your love Lord and show us how to love others.
Until next week, embrace the love of God!Shalom!