Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
‘O give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!’ (Psalm 118:1; NRSV)
Psalm 118 begins and ends with these words. God was in the beginning creating and showing love for all of creation. God was with the Hebrews as they were brought out of Egypt. God’s love remained constant as the people rebelled against God. God’s love for all of creation was once again seen in the life of Jesus. Throughout history God has remained good, steadfast and loving. We can count on that; God is good, steadfast and loving. No matter where we go or what we do God is good, steadfast and loving. Even when we do not want God to be good, God is. When we walk away, God is steadfast. When we see nothing in the world to love, God still loves the world because ‘his steadfast love endures forever!’
O Lord, our God, we give you thanks and praise for your steadfast love to us and to all of creation. Give us a heart like your heart that we may love as you love; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who live with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Pastor Roxie Sullivan, First Presbyterian Church (Falls City, NE) and First Presbyterian Church (Hiawatha, KS)