The steadfast love of the Lord (Travelling Through God’s Word: Psalms, Part Two)

When we read the Psalms, we won’t get answers to every question that comes into our minds. One thing that will impress itself upon us is this: the book of Psalms tells us, again and again, that God loves us. This brings another question into our minds: How much do we love God? I pray that this selection of verses from the book of Psalms will help each of us to see how much God loves us and will help us to love him more and more, as we travel onwards in our journey through life. We will never understand everything about God, but I hope that this one thing will become clearer to us: he loves us

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Return O Lord! How long? Have pity on thy servants! Satisfy us in the morning with thy steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days (Psalm 90).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to thy name, O Most High; to declare thy steadfast love in the morning, and thy faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre (Psalm 92).

O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things, his right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory. The Lord has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth, break forth into joyous song and sing praises! (Psalm 98).

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!… Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for ever, and his faithfulness ti all generations! (Psalm 100).

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103).

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger for ever. He does not with us according to our sins, nor requite us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love towards those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us (Psalm 103).

As for man his days are as grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments (Psalm 103).

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south, Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in: hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; he led them by a straight way till they reached a city to dwell in. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to the sons of men! (Psalm 107).

Some sat in darkness and in gloom, prisoners in affliction and in irons, for they had rebelled against the words of God, and spurned the counsel of the Most High. Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour; they fell down, with none to help. They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; he brough them out of darkness and gloom, and broke their bonds asunder. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to the sons of men! (Psalm 107).

Some were sick through their sinful ways, and because of their iniquities suffered affliction; they loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried ti the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; he sent forth his word, and healed them, and delivered them from destruction. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to the sons of men! (Psalm 107).

Some went down to the sea in ships… the Lord raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea, They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men, and were at their wit’s end. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; he made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad because they had quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to the sons of men! (Psalm 107).

Whoever is wise, let him give heed to these things; let men consider the steadfast love of the Lord (Psalm 107).

I will give thanks to thee, O Lord, among the peoples, I will sing praises to thee among the nations. For thy steadfast love is great above the heavens, thy faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, thyself, O God, above the heavens! Let thy glory be over all the earth! (Psalm 107).

Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love towards us; and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 117),

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures for ever!… O give thanks to the Lord for his steadfast love endures for ever! (Psalm 118; the first verse and the last verse, v. 29)..

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord is steadfast love, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities (Psalm 130).

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever… O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures for ever (Psalm 136; in every single one of the verses of this Psalm of 26 verses, we read these words, “his steadfast love endures for ever”).

The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made (Psalm 145}.

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love (Psalm 147).

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The book of Psalms has much to say to us about the steadfast love of God. Let us pray that our witness for him will be a courageous statement of his love for us. Many things call in question our faith in the love of God. In the face of many unanswered questions, may God give us the strength that we need to continue, confessing our faith: “nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

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