God's Steadfast Love
"When I thought, 'My foot slips,' your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul." Psalm 94:18-19
Have you ever been through one of those seasons in life where things just aren’t going right? Maybe you've been overtaken by anxiety, stress, and restlessness as a result of your own sin. Sometimes seasons of anxiety are due to life happening. Whether we mess up (which we will) or life brings us many cares due to various situations, as the psalmist states, one thing we can be assured of is the Lord’s steadfast love.
The definition of steadfast is immovable or firmly fixed in place. The Lord’s love is not based on condition of our daily performance. Our sin doesn’t affect His love for us. As a loving Father, He holds us up. When we are broken, He consoles us, and our hearts are cheered.
We do have a part in this, however. We cannot know the steadfastness of God’s love and His consolations cannot cheer our souls if we don’t know Him. Many times, when things just aren’t going right, personally I like to curl up with a pint of ice cream and wallow in my sorrows. While ice cream is good, it doesn’t cheer my soul like the Word of God. Ice cream doesn’t restore me like prayer does. It may make me feel better for a moment, but our feelings are fleeting; they are not fact. Steadfast love is a fact. David famously acknowledges God’s restoration to our souls in Psalm 23:2. We have to be active in our relationship with God, allowing Him to work in us.
If you are going through a season where your foot seems to be slipping and the cares of our heart are many, be encouraged. God’s steadfast love will sustain you. He can and will cheer your soul.
Father, even though I slip sometimes, I thank You for holding my right hand. I thank You, Father, that You are a restorer, and Your love remains steadfast in all seasons. Continue to draw me near to You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Spend time in Psalm 23 this week, verse by verse. What does it teach us about God? How does He restore our souls?
Chelsi Woods is the coffee-loving Content Manager for Whole Magazine and a writer for the Reformed Outlook. She is a Jesus-loving, tattooed soccer mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed 12-year-old girl and “Choo-Choo” to a 9-year-old nephew and 4-year-old niece. Her hobbies include communicating in gifs, playing guitar, and bad dad jokes. Chelsi’s passionate pursuit is to teach women solid, Biblical truths focused on spiritual growth, loving God with our minds, all while glorifying God and enjoying Him forever.