Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thanking God when in a hard time? Really?

In Psalm 136:1-4 the psalmist declares that we can give thanks to God because His steadfast love endures forever! The word for steadfast love is hesed and the various translations reveal the breadth of the word!
hesed: steadfast love (ESV), love (NIV), lovingkindness (NASB), mercy (KJV)
Hesed is a Hebrew word that is rich in meaning. It is:
  • an interaction between strength, steadfastness, mercy, and love.
  • implies personal involvement and commitment in a relationship
  • a love that is steadfast based on a prior relationship
 Not only that, it endures forever!

Should not our understanding of these incredible truths affect us when in a hard time and result in saying "O give thanks to the Lord for He is good!"

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