Thankful for Enduring Love

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

What a magnificent way to start this Psalm! Giving thanks because no matter what, He is good and we have this enduring love. Love that is:

Everlasting

                                        Permanent

                                                                             Patient  

                                                                                                               Long-suffering

Not cheap or crass. Curt or unkind. No. This love is the kind that sticks right by your side ‘til the very end. While this script in the first 32 verses of Psalm 107 is written of people long ago, its cries still ring true today. We are a people in desperate need to know the love of a Father.

The desert wanderer doesn’t even realize she’s lost until all of a sudden she looks around and has no clue where she is or how she got there. For those of us direction-ally challenged, you get this. My middle daughter missed a gymnastics meet (many years ago) in Dayton because I didn’t realize we were going the wrong way until we crossed the Ohio/Indiana border.

It’s so easy to take a wrong turn and end up in places you didn’t mean to go. But this enduring Love? He answers our cries in the desert by showing us the way home. He even stops off and gets us something to eat on the way back.

Give Thanks to the Lord.

The prisoner sitting in a cell because of his own doing. His rebellion against God gets him shackled in chains doing hard time and hard labor. I’ve been him too. When the Lord has told me to forgive and I said, Never! Or be kind was met with they don’t deserve it. Bring peace He said. I brought dissension. We become trapped by the hardness of our heart and the bitterness in our soul.

But this enduring Love? He answers our cries in the prison. He gets us out of the darkness and breaks the chains that bind our hearts. He sets the captive free!

For He is Good

Then there are those that made foolish decisions and are suffering the consequences. Anybody? Even then, in our own stupidity, God is merciful when we cry out to Him. His enduring, everlasting, patient and long-suffering love hears our cries and answers. Not only saving us but healing us. We are never beyond his reach!

His Love Endures Forever!

Then there’s this: The job is prosperous. The family well. Life is good. Things are like a well-oiled machine. Out of nowhere a storm like you’ve never experienced pops up. You are at your wits end. So you turn to the One who stirred up the storm.

Wait. What? God causes storms? You know it. Because sometimes we get a little too comfortable and forget. We get a little to independent and think we can do this thing called life on our own.

Those storms bring us back to the reality of our need for the One who calms the storm with a mere whisper and hushes the waves with a single breath.

Though each circumstance was different, God’s reaction was the same when there was a cry for help. It didn’t matter if we got lost by accident or by our own doing, if it was our own bullheadedness, stupidity or us being lackadaisical. His enduring love is good and everlasting and for that and that alone we can be thankful.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

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