“He who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.” Psalm 32:10
What difference does it make in your life to know that the true and living God, the Creator of the universe is committed to you, with a merciful, kind, faithful, and steadfast love?
This semester, the Women’s Ministry Bible Study has been going through a Precept series entitled, “Covenant.” We have studied the various covenants throughout scripture and observed how God operates in covenant with His people. We are seeing and savoring a Savior that is unlike anyone or anything this world has to offer. One of the words that has continued to appear throughout the study is the Hebrew word, CHESED. Scholars have noted that this is a covenant term, occurring almost 300 times in the Bible and beautifully depicts God’s commitment to His Covenant people. Though there is not an equivalent word in our language, Chesed is often translated as mercy or lovingkindness in scripture. It speaks of God’s solemn commitment to show mercy, steadfast love, and faithfulness to His chosen people.
I have come to treasure this word and the lovingkindness of the Lord. Knowing God’s covenant lovingkindness for me and for His people gives confidence to persevere through trials, courage to face difficulties, and eagerness and joy to make His lovingkindness known to others.
♥ The Lord’s lovingkindness is great – Psalm 57:10
♥ It extends to the heavens – Psalm 36:5
♥ It is a fortress & refuge – Psalm 59:16-17
♥ It surrounds those who trust in Him – Psalm 32:10
♥ It never ceases, never fails, and is new every morning – Lamentations 3:22-23
♥ It is better than life! – Psalm 63:3
The lovingkindness of the Lord is indeed great and it will take eternity to know the fullness of His great mercy and love for those who trust in Him, but it can be known. Check out the many occurrences of the word Chesed online or through a Hebrew concordance and be blessed! I am also thankful for the body of believers at Redeemer that encourage my growth in grace and in the breadth and length and height and depth of the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge that we may be filled to all the fullness of God. Praise the Lord!
"Surely goodness and lovingkindness (i.e. mercy or steadfast love) will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6