Today in my quiet time I was reading through the Psalms. I love what the Psalmist has to say in chapter 86. Take some time today to read the whole passage. I want to point out a couple of things that God spoke to me in that time. In verse 5 David says, “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.” I was thinking about how this past week we talked out of Acts 15 and how many of the Jewish Christians were struggling with thinking that our salvation came through Jesus + circumcision, or Jesus + the law. I love how David appeals to the character of God and shows how God is forgiving and loving. In Acts we see how salvation is found in Christ alone, we are forgiven by Him, and God’s wrath is withheld because of our faith, calling upon Christ as Lord of our lives.
It makes me so excited when I think about how God shows this genuine steadfast love toward us. I think in my own life, praise the Lord that our salvation is all about God’s performance in my own life and not about my performance to Him, beside bringing my sin to the table, repenting of it. If God was not patient toward me, I can tell you without a doubt someone else would be here. Now, think of that word steadfast. I picture this image of the guys who are in the tour de france. You see those guys riding 100+ miles a day, riding over mountain tops, battling brutal conditions, etc. These guys are steadfast, fixed on making it to the finish line and making there way to the front of the pack. I think of how God is steadfast, how He is “…slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (86:13b). I have to remind myself daily of the goodness of God’s love toward me and us. How He has shown us steadfast love that does not go away, one that faithful even when we are faithless. How His love is unwavering toward us! Praise God this morning for that! Praise Him for your salvation and how it has everything to do with Him and His steadfast love. Great is His Steadfast Love toward us!