Words from the Heart for Thursday July 13th, 2017
I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
Psalm 89:1-2 (NRSV)
I Will Sing of Your Steadfast Love
Oh how great is our God. We do not have to fear that He will withdraw His love or become unfaithful. He is worthy of our trust. Let the words from your mouth be words to celebrate His faithfulness today. You can sing a song as you go about your day telling of His unchanging love.
June 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Canada’s dollar coin, now lovingly known as “the loonie.” Last month, the Royal Canadian Mint boasted that their loonie had “found its way into our hearts” and was “welcomed” by 1987 Canadians. This is a bit of historical reconstruction. That “into our hearts” part may be true, but over three decades we have forgotten just how hated the coin was at its birth. More than a year after the loonie’s introduction, polls were showing support for the coin as low as 39 per cent. Waitress Lisa Vorkapich told the Windsor Star in 1987 “Nobody wants to carry coin. All the waitresses have to start lifting weights!” Well, after 30 years, the loonie has become a Canadian icon and most of us wouldn’t go back to a one dollar bill.
Canadians can be so fickle. At first they hated the loonie. Now they love it. Unlike most of the love in the world, God’s love for us is never changeable. The Psalmist describes God’s love this way in Psalm 89:1-2: “I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord, forever; with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.” The Psalmist understood the love of God as well as anyone in the Old Testament. The heathen nations around had gods that had to be pleased and persuaded, cajoled and bribed. Not so the God of Israel. He was uniquely loving and even when correcting them, he did so to draw them back to Himself. He had promised that He was setting in motion a plan for their ultimate salvation that would guarantee their relationship with Him for eternity. No matter what happened to them, as individuals and a nation, they counted on God’s steadfast love and faithfulness. So can we. No matter what we have done, no matter how far we have drifted from Him, He loves us and draws us back to Himself. We are simply called to declare that to our generation, so that others might put their trust in Him and experience His faithful and steadfast love for them too.
These have been words from the heart.