January 25, 2013

God's Great Love

Psalm 89:1-8

I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
—Psalm 89:1


Sometime today take a few moments to read and re-read the first eight verses of Psalm 89. As you do, take some time to think back on the week that’s almost past, or even this past month, and reflect on the ways you have experienced God’s amazing love and great faithfulness.

Our Lord expresses his love and faithfulness in many ways. We can experience it through the love of family members and close friends. We can see his faithfulness in how he helps us through the difficult experiences in life. God extends his great mercy each time he forgives us for the things we did wrong. He expresses his closeness each time we read his Word.

Of course, it’s much easier to think about the things we do not have, or the times the Lord did not seem to answer our prayers, or the days when it seemed we could not find God. But, through it all, the one faithful God was always there. Scripture sums it up this way: “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

If for some reason you find it difficult to join in singing of God’s great love and mercy, ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes so that you too can see what God has done for you.

Father in heaven, help us to join in singing of your great love, and give us grace to talk about your faithfulness to the people around us. Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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