Posted in psalms, tagged God's love on February 25, 2011 |
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“Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us. . . .Praise the Lord! ” (Psalm 117:1–2, ESV)
When you think of the word “great” what comes to mind? We think of large, remarkable, distinguished, awesome, stunning, superior, and much more. How about prevailing? How about overpowering?
That’s how Martin Luther thought about the phrase “great is his steadfast love toward us.” It conquers everything. Luther wrote
“Although sin makes itself felt, death bares its teeth, and the devil frightens us, still there is far more grace to prevail over all sin, far more life to prevail over death, and far more God to prevail over all devils. In this kingdom sin, death and the devil are nothing more than the black clouds of the material heaven. For a time they may well conceal heaven, but they cannot prevail. They must stay beneath the heavens and suffer it to remain, prevail, and rule over them; and at last they must pass away. Therefore although sin bites us, death frightens us, and the devil throws his weight around with temptation, these are still only clouds. The heaven of grace prevails and rules; in the end they must remain below and surrender.”
In this sense Psalm 117:2 reminds me of the NT description of God’s love:
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” (Romans 8:38–39)
Be strengthened by God’s grace as you are overwhelmed with his steadfast love today!
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