“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” vs. 1
Stories are often told, hopefully in jest, of crusty old husbands who are reluctant to use the language of love with their spouses because, “I said I loved her once and if I ever change my mind I’ll let her know.” In truth, such foolishness has no place in a marriage. An “I love you” never loses its power through frequent use; in fact, regular usage strengthens marriage bonds–the words never grow old! That’s why the psalmists never tired of celebrating the steadfast love of God. Again and again we hear them exhorting the faithful to give thanks to the Lord and to celebrate God’s goodness. They knew that fragile human egos need constant reassurance and that there is comfort in knowing that we were created in love, and will be sustained by the never-failing love of our Creator. Even when precious relationships disintegrate, when divorce and break-ups are commonplace, God’s love continues. There are enough disappointments in human relationships, we certainly don’t need to worry about falling into disfavor with God. As Paul tells us, there is nothing in all creation, not even death itself, that can separate us from the boundless love of our God. That doesn’t mean we can simply ignore God or imagine that what we do makes no difference. As any person in a relationship can testify, our actions are crucial to its intimacy. Deeds are important, but with God, the context is always unconditional love.
Thought for the Day: How often do I need to hear words of love?