“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” (Psalm 119:76)
In today’s world “unfailing” and “love” are two words that, for most individuals, are left to one’s imagination or personal interpretation. “Unfailing” for some would be interpreted as not giving up “until I get bored,” or “until I find something more interesting to do,” or “I’ve taken my turn, now it’s up to someone else,” or “let’s try something more exciting!”
And the meaning of “love” for many is interpreted by the personal attractiveness of another and only lasts until someone more glamorous or interesting or challenging comes along. More often than not there is no personal cost involved in loving another or a willingness to be bothered or inconvenienced by another’s needs. It does not have an enduring or eternal quality attached to it. It’s for “this moment only” and “not to be counted on for the long haul.”
With God it’s different. The Psalmist wrote, “May Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to Your promise to Your servant.” The little prefix “un” means “never giving out” or “inexhaustible” and makes a very powerful statement about the nature of His love.
We have no difficulty in believing that God loves us when everything in our world is “perfect” — every problem solved, every bill paid, and everyone in the family is healthy and smiling at one another. Life’s good!
But then, tragedy strikes. Is life still good, is His love still unfailing, and will He now provide His comfort?
The answer is locked-up in the word “promise.” We can search every verse until our eyes grow dim and hearts stop beating: if God said it, He meant it, and we can believe it.
Thank You, Father, for the promise of Your unfailing love. We give ourselves to You for we know that, though others may fail us, You will not! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.