Love of God 13

“Give thanks to the LORD,
for he is good.
His love endures forever”
(Psalm 136:1)

God is a God of Love.

There is a passage in the Psalms that is often used at funerals to signify the brevity of human life.

“As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more” (Psalm 103:15-16)

And as quickly as a flower of the field may be forgotten so does the world move on when we pass away – remembered by only a relative few. However the Psalm continues and reminds us of the Lord’s love which does not move on and forget.

“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him” (Psalm 103:17)

God’s love is not short-lived and fickle. He loved us before we were born, He has loved us throughout our lives, He has loved us into His kingdom, and He will love us for all of eternity. And when the ‘wind blows over’ our place here and takes us with it God will be there for us with His arms open wide.

Our God is the Lord God Almighty. He is good. And His love endures forever. This needs to be at the forefront of our minds at all times. David recognised it when he prayed,

 “Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD” (Psalm 25:7)

I am loved  with an everlasting love by the God who is both holy and eternal.


Father my mind knows that You are good and that You love me. Please may this truth sink into the depths of my spirit as well and give new meaning to my life. Amen.



Love of God 12

“The earth is filled with Your love O LORD;
teach me Your decrees”
(Psalm 119:64)

God is a God of Love.

What do we see when we look at the world around us – a glass almost empty or one filled with wonderful things? I know when I look at my garden I tend to see the gaps – and when I look at somebody else’s garden I focus on the plants. Just so, it is easy to bemoan the problems and difficulties in my life and to overlook, or take for granted, the blessings and privileges.

Paul reminds us that,

“since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.(Romans 1:20)

The poet William Blake began his poem Auguries of Innocence with a ‘quatrain which captures how the beauty of nature and the universe is often in the small everyday details’:

“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
and eternity in an hour.”

I have walked through the lashing rain, with the thunder crashing around me, the lightening flashing through the night, where the wind was a ‘torrent of darkness’ and the moon ‘a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas.’ I have watched the sun-kissed waves surging powerfully across a purple ocean; listened to the haunting cry of a fish-eagle piercing the morning mist; watched a daffodil shoot break through the wintry ground and felt the sunny beach warm between my toes. I have heard the contented murmurings of birds in the early morning light, marvelled at the soft and the passionate sun-sets, looked in wonder at a single flower in a vase, studied the intricate tracings on a leaf, and been struck with awe at the fragile medallions created by a spider as they glistened on the soft lake-side grass in the early morning light.

Their message is always the same. God is alive – and He is so good.

Turn from the clamour of the world for a while and look at God’s creation  –  let it speak.


Father help me to see, to marvel and to hear – for You reveal Yourself in what You have made. Amen.


God of Love 11

“Help me, O LORD my God;
save me in accordance with your love”
(Psalm 109:26)

God is a God of Love.

Life is not fair. So it is not uncommon to think that we ‘deserve better than this.’ However, it is not an argument that we can have with God – for very quickly we discover that we deserve nothing more than judgement and separation. The prodigal son had it right when he realised that

“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son” (Luke 15:18-19)

But such is the love of God for us that He has not been watching us in stony silence. Instead He came to find us in His Son and to take upon Himself the sin and also the consequences that we deserved. He reached out to offer us eternal life with Him in the intimate relationship of Father and child. And with that we are to share in the inheritance that is Jesus by right. All this is not fair – but love is not too concerned with fairness, only with what is best for the beloved.

So we don’t ask God to save us in and from whatever situation is troubling us because we deserve better. We ask Him to help us because He loves us.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)

Learn to trust the love of God – it is far greater than we imagine.


Father I do know that Your love for me is beyond anything that I can imagine – yet there are times when I feel very lost and lonely. Please help me Lord and sustain me out of that great Love that knows no limit or barrier. Amen.


God of Love 10

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever”
(Psalm 107:1)

God is a God of Love.

As we continue with the Psalm we discern that every one of us, as the daughters and sons of God, has a unique history with Him. We have come on an individual journey in which He has met with us and taken us forward. He has brought us to know and put our faith in His Son and has given to us the gift of His Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the One who pours the love of God into our hearts (Romans 5:5), gives to us specific gifts (1 Corinthians 12) and leads us into the particular works that the Lord Jesus has for us  – whether we are aware of them or not – (Ephesians 2:10).

This unique history of ours with God becomes the foundation of our witness and testimony to His love. It does not matter if it seems to us fairly bland and devoid of excitement – this is the truth of God’s work in and with us and it is the account that He will bless, for it is also His story.

Write down the account of your own history with God. Then prune it until you have something clear and concise that you could easily share if you were asked to.  Thank God for His hand in your life.


Father I thank You so much for coming into my life and making Yourself real to me. Thank You for Your love and presence. Please help me to trust and walk with You at all times – until You bring me safely home. Amen.



Love of God 9

“I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself”
(Psalm 89:2)

God is a God of Love.

God’s faithfulness is an eternal characteristic of His that marks Him as different to all created beings. This unique faithfulness was established in heaven itself – where it cannot be touched or contaminated by either evil or the things of this world.

We see something of this faithfulness in both the created order which has lasted over so many ages – and in His commitment to it and to the people whom He made in His image. Whether blessing or disciplining them He has never abandoned them. His desire for us to know and depend upon His faithfulness is revealed in His initiating and establishing covenant with His people.

 But it is not this faithfulness alone upon which we may depend – His love binds Him to His people in a relationship that cannot now be broken. The Cross of Christ reveals to us the extent of this faithfulness and love.

It is not enough to read the words. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give them life within you.


Holy Spirit of Life, please lead me deeper into the Truth of the Love of God, and make it live and resonate within me. Amen.


Love of God 8


“But you, O Lord,
are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger,
abounding in love and faithfulness”
(Psalm 86:15)

God is a God of Love.

All of Scripture testifies to this great truth. However the Bible also makes it clear that God is not a God to be trifled with. He is holy, pure, righteous and just and one who does not write off sin as if it does not matter. Sin does matter. The Cross tells us just how much it matters whilst, at the same time, revealing the full extent and power of the love of God.

Whilst God is faithful to His holiness and righteousness and cannot disregard sin His love is so abundant that He seeks to save us from its consequences. He does this by taking the stain and guilt of sin upon Himself and accepting the judgement and penalty in our place. This reveals to us just how much He wants us to be saved and to enter into a new and free relationship with Him.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)

God’s love flows out to me in glorious waves.


Lord God please help me to believe and trust in Your abounding love at all times. Amen.


Love of God 6

“Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies”
(Psalm 36:5)

God is a God of Love.

Because we are of this fallen world, which represents the limits of our normal experience, we tend to assess everything accordingly. However the Psalmist is encouraging us to break free from such limitations as we turn our attention toward God.

He reminds us that just as God is not of this world so His attributes are beyond the limitations of the world. Instead he envisions the love of God as being so great that it  embraces both the world and the heavens. And because faithfulness is such an integral part of love it too reaches from the earth to the skies. In other words the love and faithfulness of God are so limitless that we cannot go anywhere and find that we are beyond them.

Wherever and however we are right now the God of love and the love of God is with us. That does not mean that He has to or will change our situations to suit us. He may do so or for reasons of His own He may not. However He will be with us at all times, loving and sustaining us. As we trust and believe in His love change will begin to take place within us – and that itself will begin to alter our attitude towards our situations and then our situations themselves.

The love of God is as present to us as the air that we breathe. Take some deep breaths of it now – savour and receive it.


Father Your love for me is ever-present, unlimited and unconditional. Please help me to trust it and live within it every moment of every day. Amen.