Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 14th, 2017
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Psalm 57:10 (NIV)
Great is Your Love
We may try really hard to explain to someone a wonderful experience we have had or a place we have visited. We may struggle for words to describe it. In the same way, we really have no words to truly tell how great is God’s love. Once again we find the psalm speaking of how immeasurable is His great love for us. And, the faithfulness of the Lord never comes to an end.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt was born in England in September 1718 and as a young man, emigrated to Sherbrooke, Quebec. He first became a member of the Canadian parliament in 1849. Galt once signed a manifesto arguing for union with the U.S. on the grounds it was the only way the Anglo-Saxon Protestant ascendancy could be maintained in Canada. However, he soon changed his mind and because a leading proponent of Confederation. Galt was later appointed as the first Canadian finance minister and in that role, he insisted that Canada no longer use a system of pounds and shillings, but dollars and cents. Galt would later be appointment as the royal high commissioner to Britain.
Those of us who have experienced God’s grace and forgiveness understand something of the expanse of His love. When we become aware of our sin, we find it difficult to believe that the Lord can and will forgive us and wipe away our guilt and shame. But the peace of God that overwhelms us when our sins are removed and our relationship with God is secured by His grace, give us an idea about just how much He loves us. King David understood this and writes in Psalm 57:10: “For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Godly people have tried to explain the love of God since the early days of God’s revelation of Himself to His people. The challenge is that God’s love is unlike any form of human love, which often comes with limitations and demands. God’s love, agape in Greek, is without limit and doesn’t depend on our love for Him. God simply loves us, and has gone to the extent of laying down His life on the cross to prove His love. David lived long before Jesus was on earth, but he had experienced God’s love in the forgiveness and restoration that He had provided in David’s life. He had known the depth of his need and so experienced the height of God’s love – reaching to the heavens. Have you experienced God’s love? His love is just as available for you as it was for David.
These have been words from the heart.