The Faithful Love of God
What does it mean to love? I know most of us will immediately jump to 1 Corinthians 13 to define love. Most of us would say that love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or self-seeking. Love never fails! But, how many of us actually believe that?
What if I told you that God not only loves you, but He faithfully loves you? He loves regardless of what we do. There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.
Psalm 36 gives us a beautiful look at perfect love—God’s love for us. Take a minute at read the entirety of Psalm 36.
Before we can take in the full beauty of God’s love, we must first look at our need. Psalm 36:1-4 focuses on the wickedness of man. We see in these first four verses that man is self-flattering, malicious, and deceptive in speech, he has no fear of God, and so much more. Like me, you may be thinking, “Why in the world did David start such a beautiful declaration of God’s love for us with talk of the wicked?”
I see a picture of the gospel in this psalm. Psalm 36:1-4 gives us a picture of us before Christ. I’m drawn to some of Jesus’ words to Nicodemus:
“For everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed.” –John 3:20
This is so me. I can remember as a child trying to hide my sin from my parents, thinking that I could avoid any consequences of my actions. Here I am, an adult, and I still find myself trying to hide my sin at times. But thankfully, the grace of God entered the world through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Earlier in Jesus’ same discussion with Nicodemus, he says,
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.” –John 3:16-18
That, my friends, is faithful love.
Take a look at Psalm 36:5-10.
I have found that God’s faithful love provides me with a few very sweet gifts.
- God is our refuge (v. 7)
- God alone fully satisfies my every need (v. 8)
- God restores and refreshes us with His living water—Jesus and the Word (v. 8)
- He gives us eyes to see the light of the world—Jesus (v. 9)
What’s our response to such a love?
This psalm reminds me that God is love, and I am called to be the light of the world. I have been given the sweet gift of life through Jesus Christ. I cannot keep that gift to myself. Christ’s love compels me to share with others.
“But I have trusted in your faithful love;
my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the Lord
because he has treated me generously.”
My challenge to you:
What’s your response to such a love?
Do you truly believe that God faithfully loves us?
Are you going to be like the wicked and avoid the love of God and continue living in darkness? OR Are you going to live in the light of all that God has done for you?
Are you walking daily in the love of God that reaches to the heavens?