THE STEADFAST LOVE OF GOD
“When I said, My foot slippeth;
thy mercy, O LORD, held me up”
The common denominator for all of God’s people is Mercy; by it alone do we stand. We are held by the unseen hand of God at every turn. His loving-kindness is the strength of our walk and the source of our strength. In this Psalm the Hebrew Word for “held” is in the imperfect tense; the action is not completed but it is an ever ongoing one. It is used in the imperfect tense so that we may know that the Mercy that held me yesterday is sufficient for my today. As He has been so will He be. Blessed be His Holy Name!
This steadfast love of God is what enables us to continue to grow in the faith and that ever beckons us to walk into the unknown resources of Him. We see Peter stepping out of the boat to walk unto Jesus in the midst of the stormy sea. We see that Faith stirring within Peter the desire and the ability to walk and identify with its author. With every new impartation of Faith for us to move into a deeper walk with Him we must have that assurance that His steadfast love will be there to hold us up. Even in Peter taking his eyes off of Jesus and sinking into the waves there was the mercies of God to hold him. Faith will always press us into the walk of a greater identification with Him. Our ability to step into the opportunities that are presented to us will be according to the trust we have in Him to hold us.
“By faith Abraham, when he was tried,
offered up Isaac…
Accounting that God was able to raise him up,
even from the dead”
Abraham offered up Isaac, because he trusted God. Every act of true obedience is based upon our accounting God faithful to hold us up. Obedience is the highest expression of faith and that faith grows in its depth and its trust of God because we learn that His Mercy will hold us up in the doing of His Will. We can count on Him in our circumstances to hold our steps as we follow Him.
Let us not linger when we feel the stirrings of His call to greater things. Let us not sit when we need to step out for our God is faithful. HE IS COME and He is ever inviting us to leave the shallow shores of safety and to launch ourselves into the great depths of His Call.
“Launch out into the deep,
and let down your nets for a draught”
Let us grow in the knowledge
that His Mercy will hold us where His grace calls us.
Amen. He will see it done, we need only obey His call and He will accomplish it. After hearing His counsel, we all too often like to continue lingering, waiting for something to come to us, when He is in fact calling us to come to something! A faith that is going to be trusted is a faith that is going to be tested.
Also the title of this post reminded me of this:
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.”
Good to hear from you. Hope things are going well.
Yes, things are quite well; though there is always a knowledge of there being a higher calling than what I currently walk in… It is a constant awareness of there being far more of the things of God to discover and to be than what I have yet known. I may be content with Him alone, but not without Him MORE.
I have great fear over the dire predicament of those who are caught in the diversion of this age; many so quick to trade true life in the Spirit for a bit of flesh and soulishness while Jesus is saying, “Thou that killest the prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often I would have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” What a love for this world has overtaken many among us! And we must naturally fall deeper into the darkness along with the world in order to keep grasping for it… I cannot be numbered among those, I must be one that overcomes. May we all.
“Now is the judgement of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto MYSELF.” (Jhn 12:31-32)
Miss you guys. Hope all is well there also
As always good to hear from you!
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