God’s Love Endures Forever
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
One of the best opportunities that God has given us is to worship Him. Human beings were made to worship. We will always worship something or someone, whether it is God, ourselves, someone else, or something else. There is a deep cry within the human heart to worship, and we will worship whether we realize it or not.
God has made us, and we can worship Him in song and praise. It is only natural that we seek to give Him praise since He is the author of all good things. Before Adam sinned, God declared that all He had made was good. We should be grateful for that in song and praise.
Additionally, since God has redeemed us as His people, we can rejoice that we have fellowship with the one who created us. Jesus has won back what Adam has lost, and in that, we can as children go before His throne with our petitions and praise. It is a wonderful thing to be able to praise the One who has released us from prison and will gather us home with Him. We can even reach out to God as Paul and Silas did after being stripped of their clothing and being severely beaten with rods and flogged. Let nothing interfere with your praise of Almighty God.
God is Good
Regardless of the circumstances going on in the world, God is good. Many times we question that when terrible circumstances such as loss, injustice, pain, and suffering occur. However painful these are, they are merely the cost and effects of sin. Yet still, God is good. He is unable to be anything else but good. His character endures forever, for God does not change like we do. And when devastating circumstances appear in our lives, we can be assured that God has not changed, but merely is allowing us to develop perseverance. And may it have its effect, that we would be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
God’s love never fails, for God is love. When we feel abandoned or afraid, we can remember that God is love. When great and wonderful things are happening in our lives, let us remember that God is love. For this is immutable – God loved so much He gave his only Son, and that since we have believed upon Him, we have eternal life. We have been given this promise, and can rejoice in the one who made it for He is faithful.
In a world that is giving itself over to moral relativism and secular humanism, we can rejoice that God is faithful. Every promise He has ever made God will fulfill. We live such short lives that many times we don’t see the fruit of the promises that God has made. But even in that, we can look back and see that God is faithfully keeping His promises, just as He promised, at the appointed time that He promised (when provided). His faithfulness should bolster our faith in Him and give us reason to trust Him through all of the difficulties in life. Let us remember God’s faithfulness as we go out into the world today and see so many people show their faithlessness in broken promises and outright evil.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Is my heart full of praise and worship for God when I am enduring crushing trials?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, I praise and worship You for You are worthy of it and so much more. May my heart cry out to You for You are good regardless of my circumstances. In all things, may You be glorified and Your holy name praised. Help me to praise You when I am downtrodden and it feels like You have forsaken me, for You have promised to never do that. Help me to patiently wait for You and Your deliverance from my circumstances, for You are always faithful. Strengthen me in my weakness. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.