“Give thanks to the LORD for He is good. His love endures forever.” – Psalm 118:1
His love endures forever. His love endures for-ev-er. Let that sink in.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited in your fair share of long lines, had a long day where you flat-out forgot to eat, or even gone a few months without talking to a friend. And I describe all these situations the same way: “It’s been forever since…”
So needless to say I was overwhelmed this week to realize that God sees forever from a completely different perspective. Psalm 136, which begins with the verse above, repeats the phrase “His love endures forever” 26 times as it lists some of the most powerful acts the Lord made on behalf of the Israelites to free them from bondage – even when they rejected Him.
This thought had been lingering in the back of my mind this week, but it wasn’t until this morning in church that the light bulb came on. We were covering some scripture in Ephesians when I noticed I had underlined Eph. 3:18 some time ago:
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
As I read those words, my heart began to beat faster as God’s meaning of forever sank in. His love is so vast that it’s difficult to comprehend, but when we do understand it we’ll be filled beyond belief. And that’s exactly how I felt at that moment. Filled beyond belief.
I’m overjoyed to know that I have a Savior who’s loved me through every high and every low, and always will. He’s performed powerful acts in my life – even when I have rejected Him – and there is no end to this love. But here’s the best part: He does the same for you!
I hope these verses will be the encouragement you need to make it a great week. It certainly worked for me. 🙂