Wait! Before you start thinking the 60’s, hippies, and peace signs, let me clarify. I am declaring now – the summer of 2014 – to be the summer of love. The summer of God’s love to be exact.
You are invited to join me for the next 8 Thursdays as we dig deep into the unfathomable depths of the love of God. Each week we will consider a facet of God’s love through the lens of one of David’s psalms. We will see how we can apply His loving truth to our own lives. And I will share a worship or praise song to help us take a few moments to simply bask in God’s love for us.
We can know God is loving because He says so. In Exodus, He proclaimed His character and boundless love to Moses:
And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Exodus 34:6, NIV
Four centuries later, David experienced God’s love again and again and testified to its unfailing nature in numerous hymns of faith. For instance:
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. Psalm 33:4-6
In both Exodus 34 and Psalm 33, the Hebrew word translated as “love” is hesed. Hesed is a divine characteristic that combines elements of mercy, grace, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, and forgiveness. Throughout the Old Testament, hesed is variously translated as mercy, kindness, loving-kindness, goodness, love, and my favorite – unfailing love. The NIV often translates hesed as “love” or “unfailing love.”
Hesed is based on God’s character and not our worthiness. His love is freely given. It is not conditional on our behavior (Romans 5:8), but we experience it most fully through right relationship with Him. Although we will never completely grasp it, it will be glorious to try!
Will you join me as we explore the depths of God’s love for the next 8 weeks? When was the last time you tangibly felt His love?
Take a few moments to do so now! Listen and worship Him!