Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Psalms are actually song-poems, and they are frequently sung rather than spoken in worship. Most psalms are either songs of celebration and thanks, or they are pleas for God’s assistance and protection. In today’s verse, the psalmist affirms that God’s love is everlasting. It cannot be outlived or negated. The psalmist asks God to remember all that he has created, including his weak and wayward children.
When we quarrel with someone, especially someone close to us, we have these same feelings. We don’t want the other person to focus on the argument, on the angry words that were said. We want them to think about the good times, the positive feelings. Perhaps today’s verse shines light in both directions: We ask God to love us and not forsake us, ‘the work of his hands,’ and we must be open to forgiving others, and not forsaking all the good we have share.
©Carol Dean Henn, 2018
Carol Dean Henn of St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, PA