June 21, 2017
Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106:1
Psalm 106 describes the "mighty acts" that God performed for His people, and the long history of their rebellion against Him. The Psalm reminds us that Israel "made a calf and worshiped an idol," "exchanged their Glory for an image of a bull," and "forgot the God who saved them." And yet, God never stopped loving them. Amazing, isn't it? Our heavenly Father's love "endures forever."
We live in a "what have you done for me lately" world. Our interaction with most people is conditional. For you, this conditional acceptance may have started when you were a child. You may have had a mother or father who demonstrated their love only when you performed. They expressed great pride over "A's" and "touchdowns" and "homeruns" and "first chairs" and "lead roles." But you felt their disappointments over "B's or C's" or "fumbles" or "strikeouts" or "mediocre performances" or when you were simply a member of the "supporting cast." But the love of the heavenly Father is different. His love endures forever. And since it is a perfect love, it is always expressed in a perfect unconditional way.
Think about it. When we trust in God and become a child of God, there is nothing we can do to make God love us more. And there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. God's love for us doesn't waver. He will love us as much tomorrow as He does today. That does not give us a pass to sin; rather, it motivates us to obey such a good and loving God.
Thank You, Father, for Your enduring love. Thank You for taking away my worries that You might withdraw Your love based on my performance. Thank You for Your perfect, unconditional, lasting love that is mine through Jesus. In His name I pray. Amen.