Reveal | Day 9- March 3 | Psalm 138

Merritt Nielson
In Psalm 138, a personal song of thanksgiving in the hymnal of the Jewish people, we have themes that recur frequently within the psalter’s pages. They resonate deeply within us every time we let the Psalms lead us in worship. One can’t help but be consoled in difficult times with its graceful lyrics of praise, petition, prayerful hope, and meditation. We come face to face with lyrics such as these and wonder time and again at the steadfast love of the Lord for us—personally! Hear the words, listen to their truth, embrace their perfection: “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures for ever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” (Psalm 138:8 NRSV)

Through all of the vicissitudes of life—good times and not so good— God is sovereign over His creation. His care and devotion never fades or diminishes over time. God’s intentions toward you, toward me, toward all of us as the human family, are always rooted in love. They will never be taken away and remain firmly established in his “steadfast love.”.

Yet as magnificent and awesome as God is, he still pays close attention to our needs (Psalm 8:3-5). He “cares for the lowly”. He delights over the orphans, the widows, the homeless, and the foreigner—the people who don’t count, the discouraged who have lost courage. Yet something remains—firm, sure, secure. The steadfast love of the Lord endures forever.

What an unbelievable segue to the psalm that follows, Psalm 139. Take this Lenten season to pray the entire psalm. For now, in response to that steadfast love, reflect on this much: “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me” (Psalm 139:1).

Perhaps you are struggling with the circumstances of your life. Keep going back to psalms like these and embrace them as a guide for your praise. Even when things look the darkest, turn your face toward your Savior and open your heart before Him.

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