God’s Faithful Love!…
But from eternity to eternity the Lord’s faithful love is toward those who fear Him, and His righteousness toward the grandchildren of those who keep His covenant, who remember to observe His precepts.
The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.
Psalms 103:17-19 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
Three words that should resound for every living soul that reads this passage.
Faithful – The Lord God is faithful. This attribute is extended the love that is put forward in this passage. We can take stock in that this is an assurance that is better than any guarantee we could find. The Lord God is changeless. He is the same today as He was before the foundations of the earth were formed, and he is going to be the same when this earth has passed away and a new heaven an earth are established.
So we can depend on Him and all that He promises us.
Love – There are numerous forms of love found in the scriptures, so it is always a good idea to verify which one is being used in any given passage of scripture.
This one you will find revolves around ‘Lovingkindness, Mercy, and Goodness’. It’s the warm fuzzy love that fills ones heart with joy and anticipation of the future. It’s the one that bonds people together and causes them to yearn to be close to each other.
This kind of love is likely to instill in the receptor an eagerness to reciprocate in kind. An unchanging God offers this to us, not just once in a great while, no, it is continuous and everlasting, because He is continuing and everlasting!
Fear – This is the one that makes some folks a bit confused. This fear is not terror. Three words best describe this, ‘fearing, reverent, afraid’.
I loved my parents. Loved this without question or reservation. I didn’t love them because I was afraid of them, but the love I had for them, and even still have since they have both gone to be with the Lord, was directly out of respect and honor I wished to give them.
I was afraid to even disappoint them in any way. Though often times I am certain I did exactly that. And that is this the way this fear works too.
Being fearful of being a disappointment for the one extending this love. Loving so deeply that doing so inflicts great pain to oneself. To this day, I often consider before doing something my parents, and fearing to dishonor their memory I will modify my behavior.
This is that kind of fear.
So understanding clearly what these three words mean in their context and meaning causes this passage to come alive with both Love and devotion. It speaks of both love and devotion from God toward us and acknowledges our response in kind to return that love and devotion back to Him.
Consider your respect for God, how you would honor Him. He calls us to be His light and witness in this world and ask yourself just how you would do that in everything that you do today. And, just as He does, always!
Because He is everlasting, like this love and being nestled in that love we have eternity to respond back in kind!
Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 (HCSB)
For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:9 (HCSB)
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Colossians 3:20 (HCSB)
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9 (HCSB)
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been healed by His wounds.
For you were like sheep going astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
1 Peter 2:24-25 (HCSB)
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (HCSB)
One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.
Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.,
Romans 10:10-13 (HCSB)