I want to extend a very big thank you to all of you who have stuck with me through the first installment of this Psalms series. I say “first installment” because I intend to continue this series and revisit it in the future. I’m very grateful for all of you readers sticking with me through this blog series, which was all my own in that it was not contingent with the current sermon series at Abstract Church. I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.
I am actually on vacation/staycation (I’m taking vacation days from work, and while I have slept in my own bed every night of vacation, I’m going different places and doing stuff), so I originally wasn’t planning on doing a blog post this week. I also wasn’t planning on discussing this one beautiful verse in Psalm 17, but after everything that’s happened in the past week around the world as well as the perpetuating hatred of further marginalizing people who don’t need it or deserve it, I really feel like this needs to be put out into the universe regardless of whether or not I feel like fulfilling my duties as a blogger.
Psalm 17:7 (NLT) says, “Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways….”
The rest of this verse is nice, and the rest of this psalm is important, but for me, this is what it all comes down to: love. God’s love. God’s love shown through us. God’s love reaching a world that needs it now more than ever.
Of course, this is obvious on a big level. To stop a general hatred towards anyone or any group of people and to snuff out any hatred that’s trying to be born towards them. The whole world needs healing. The whole world could use a lot of love, and God wants to use us to bring it to them. But that can only happen if we are willing to love and demonstrate love to everyone. No exceptions, no excuses. Is it hard? Yes, but it’s ultimately not our call to make. It’s God’s call, and He said everyone.
If you’re like me, you need this on a personal level too. When times are dark or tough or desperate in our own, intimate lives, we need to see the love of God. We need to find it through all of the junk in the world. I’ve discovered that we can find God’s unfailing love when we resolve to look for it in no matter what. People might tell you to give up your faith in God. Events in your life might make you contemplate letting go of your hope in God. But if you look up even as you’re sinking further down, you’ll find the love of God somewhere.
I purposefully stuck with this translation because I think it classifies God’s love perfectly. God’s love is unfailing. Let me tell you, I have failed many times as a person and as a Christian. I have failed my fellow human and God alike. But not once has God or His love ever failed me. Not once has God ever hated me or looked at me with disgust. No, it’s always been love. At my worst, at my darkest, at my least faithful, it’s always been love.
And that’s one of the wonderful ways God has shown me love, by it never leaving me or ending. He also shows me love in the kindness of others, in the little pick-me-ups during the day, in the dissolving of my problems, in His provision, in His peace. There are countless ways for God to show His love, and I think it was brilliant for David to pray for God to reveal them to him. I also think it’d be a great move on each of our parts to do the same.
Reader, I don’t know what you’re going through, and I don’t know what your beliefs are or how you see the world, but I pray that you do see God’s love, and I pray that you show that same love to others. I pray that God would show all of us His unfailing love through His perfect and wonderful ways.
By Carrie Prevette