Steadfast Love

“It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:23).

“And he broke down and wept” (Mark 14:72).

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Psalm 136 is a hymn celebrating God’s hesed, his steadfast love, his loyal love, his covenant fidelity. Paul Miller defines hesed as “one-way love. Love without an exit strategy.”* Unbelievably, Psalm 136 says this love from God “endures forever.”

As fallen human beings, this is the kind of love we need. We don’t have the innate ability to follow through with our good resolutions. After a great sermon or inspirational worship service we may declare with gusto:

The cross before me
the world behind me
no turning back
no turning back

Then someone cuts you off before you leave the church parking lot and you find yourself spewing profanities like a sailor. In other words, we don’t have the power to do the good we desire.

We need grace. And lots of it. Thankfully, James tells us, “But he gives more grace” (Jas. 4:6). So, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (V. 8). This is what Jesus did for Peter. He came to him again. And again. And he will come to us again. And again.

*Paul Miller, A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014), 24.

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