Steadfast Love

We are, most of us, well acquainted with Ecclesiastes’ carousel of seasons whirling in life – times to mourn, dance, weep, laugh. While we wish to hide tears and seek laughter instead, there is no hide-and-seek to play. The seasons – they just come.

My heart turns often with the grief of others, and mine, to this prayer:

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
Psalm 90:14

 

Psalm 90 is not a cheerful psalm, certainly not glib, but nestled in among the declarations of humanity’s frailty and sinfulness is this prayer of hope from the man who wrote Genesis.

Moses recorded the awful consequences of sin and chronicled the first atrocities. He was born during a baby genocide and saw the horrors of slavery and death.

Moses knew man’s frailty, yet he had the faith to ask the impossible – to ask for joy through numbered days overrun by sin. To ask for gladness in a world where children die and humanity chews on itself.

He asked because he knew more than sin’s ugliness. Moses knew, he recorded the very words of promise, that the snake would not bite forever, that the Promised One would crush its head. Moses knew the Creator; he witnessed the steadfast love and mercy of the Deliverer. To him Moses cries out, “Satisfy us.”

Our days are numbered. We are but dust. Life fades, wilts, withers.

Lord, in the fading, satisfy us, not with circumstantial happiness or superficial lives but with joy and gladness burrowed deep in steadfast love. We hope in you.

You will crush the biter. You will redeem. Bind up. Heal. Restore. Resurrect.

Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love. That we may rejoice. That we may be glad all our days. Because of you.

About Amber Beery

Amber is a daughter of God – redeemed, loved and called to bring God glory. She and her husband, Matt, met at Moody Bible Institute and have served at several churches/ministries in Florida and Michigan, including a small-town church in Stanton, MI. They have three children, one of whom has special needs, and currently serve at a church in mid-Michigan where Matt is an associate pastor. Having grown up on a farm in Kansas, Amber is a fan of wide open spaces and thunderstorms. She’s also rather fond of photography, books, writing, and speaking. (And coffee and ice cream!)

2 comments on “Steadfast Love

  1. Thank you, Amber, for this fitting start to our Friday Flowers. I’ve read this a few times to sink in all of the thoughts you have shared here. I love how you have succinctly expressed the hope of humanity in such a few short words. May we all cling to His steadfast love and nothing else lesser in the coming year!

  2. Thank you, thank you for writing this first ‘Friday Flowers’ devotional. Your words on God’s steadfast love is/will be such an encouragement to all! Blessings, Denna

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