Written as a congregational hymn centuries before Jesus was born, this psalm seems to perfectly describe his entrance into Jerusalem. Notice the phrase that is repeated in verses 1-4 and then again in verse 29. “His steadfast love endures forever.” Every aspect of God’s character reveals God’s steadfast love. God is merciful and patient. God guides us onto right paths and gives us strength and walks with us through rocky valleys. God heals hearts, heads, bodies, and relationships. God forgives and offers second chances to do better the next time. God allows us to suffer the natural consequences of our bad choices. All for love.
Can you think of a time when your thoughts or actions might have challenged that steadfast love? And what does it mean that even when you have failed to act with kindness, compassion, and humility, God still has not given up on you?
Today, take a few moments of silence. Breathe deeply. As you breathe in, say, “O give thanks to the Lord for he is good.” On each exhale, say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Repeat this several times and examine your physical, emotional, and spiritual state at the end of the exercise.