Lovingkindness — What keeps us going through the pain

Reading with the Pastor
Matthew 26  and  Psalm 31

Chesed

Why do we rejoice? The psalmist tells us, His “lovingkindness.” The Hebrew chesed tells us that God’s covenant love for his people is a love that has the texture of kindness.

  • He knows our affliction.
  • He knows the troubles of our souls.
  • He knows the heartache of our brokenness and loss.
  • He knows the anxiety and confusion that sometimes dominates our minds.
  • He knows affliction that others push upon us and 
  • the affliction we add to ourselves by borrowing on tomorrow’s troubles.

He knows it all and His word and His presence will guide us as we trust Him. How do we know? Because of His lovingkindness. It and He will never leave us. so David writes . . .

“I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness,
Because You have seen my affliction;
You have known the troubles of my soul.”  

Psalm 31:7

“Lord, thank You for the kindness of Your love. I can’t imagine my life without it. Today, I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness. For the glory of Christ, for the joy of my soul, don’t let me forget the kindness of Your love, Amen.”

 


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