Old Testament: Say What
Originally Posted: March 4, 2015
I love words. Simply put, they're beautiful! I love that words can be simple, yet complicated. I love that words can have structure and simultaneously have eccentricities. I love that words can make you laugh and, in the same breath, make you cry. I just love words, okay?
This year I've been on a journey to annotate my entire Bible. I don't find joy in just reading the Word. I find joy in STUDYING my Bible and applying it to my life. I have been reading the Old Testament for the past few months. When I was younger, I steered clear of the Old Testament at all costs. I could not comprehend how it was relevant to my life. This year I've gained a brand new perspective on the Old Testament, and I'm enjoying it!
One of my favorite verses is Lamentations 3:22 - "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end...." You know when you read something, and you're like, "Awwww. That's good. I like that?" That's kind of what I did with that verse. However - as I studied the Book of Psalm throughout the month of February, "steadfast love of The Lord" just kept appearing. In fact, it is mentioned twenty-seven times in ONE chapter (Psalm 136) So NATURALLY - I was like, "Okay - what even does 'steadfast love' mean?"
Steadfast = firmly loyal
Steadfast = unrestrained
steadfast = unchanging
steadfast = unmovable
Hesed (Chesed) is the Hebrew word for it. All wrapped up into that single Hebrew word, God expresses to us his loyalty, love and faithfulness to keep the promises he has made!
Sometimes it may be hard to feel God's love or to see Him working in our lives. Be encouraged. Over and over again throughout His Word, God has promised you that His love will never leave you... Ever. Sometimes in the midst of everything going on in our lives, we have to remind ourselves of his promises. Read Psalm 136. It will remind you twenty-seven times that God's love endures forever. That's a promise for YOUR life!
Today I pray that you hear God saying to you that he is fiercely loyal to the covenant He made with you. Hear Him saying that He is madly and passionately in love with you. Hear Him saying that He is faithful to bring the promises He made to you to fruition. He HAS YOU. He is FOR you! He LOVES you! Never forget that.
When I thought, "My foot slips," your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
Psalm 94: 18-19