We have recently commenced reading together a psalm during the Sunday morning service and today we’ve reached Psalm 5. The NIV starts verse 7 as follows: “But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house”. However, the ESV translates these words: “But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house”. Both describe the amazing grace of God but I do particularly love the ESV’s rendering.
The phrase “the abundance of your steadfast love” is derived from Exodus 34v6 where the Lord proclaims His Name to Moses “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (ESV). What an amazing God! What love – abundant and steadfast! Let’s meditate, long and often, on such glorious words.
Such love may be contrasted with forthcoming declarations on Tuesday (Valentine’s Day)! Far more significantly, such love is sufficient to deal with all our sin and guilt – for example as described in Romans 1v18-32 which some of us were studying last week in the Wednesday evening homegroup.
Notice that God’s abundant, steadfast love enables us to enter God’s house and I take this to mean initially, continually and ultimately:
• initially we become members of God’s household, His sons and daughters, solely because of His amazing, loving grace;
• we continue to enjoy fellowship with Him and His close presence because of His ongoing great love; and
• ultimately we know that “goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23v6).
Praise God for the abundance of His steadfast love.
Peace and Grace