But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.Psalm 103:17-18
The Verse of the Day, provided by biblegateway.com, is a reminder that the LORD is always there no matter what the situation.
I can’t imagine what David was experiencing at the time that he penned this song. Was he tending sheep as a young man? Was this a soothing song written for the disturbed King Saul? Was David sitting on the throne and lamenting sin that led to adultery, a murder plot, and the assignation of one of his trusted military officers? Was he in hiding because his son, Absolom, had overthrown him? Or is he aging and realizing that even he was formed by God and will eventually be dust?
I read this psalm, and it causes me to reflect. I remember the zeal of faith as a young man tending to the business of my career in quality systems. I remember the pressures of trying to be a calm presence for someone I worked for whose behaviors were unpredictable. I remember mistakes in my life (none of which led to adultery, murder plots, or assignations; sins just the same). I remember moments when I felt betrayed and alone.
Here I sit in the middle of the night, three months into a pandemic that has wreaked havoc in our lives. Over 100,000 people in our country have died. The demands and burdens on me run the gamut; rage against the machine to metaphorically hiding under the bed. And everywhere in between. I feel weary.
And yet my life goes one. I worry about my wife and my kids. I worry about my aging parents; my mom broke her hip two days ago, and my dad, forced to leave her side because he is not allowed to be in a hospital. I worry about my 300 person family that I serve and adore who range from ages of 3 months to 101 years. I feel old.
And yet through all demands and worries…
I remember His steadfast love!
I see His care in all of my life’s journeys!
I stand in awe of Him!
I love Him!
I love my neighbor!
I praise His name forever!