Psalm 36:7 “How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
How I love this verse! It brings such joy to my heart to know that God’s love is not intended for just a few who are in places of power and authority. It’s not just for the privileged in society or the wealthy. It’s freely given to all who come to Him and put their trust and hope in Him! It’s the one thing our money cannot buy. No amount of working will earn it. We can’t rely on our talent, our will, or our good looks to get us this wonderful gift. No, it’s completely given by grace, to us, a group of people who take it entirely for granted sometimes. The only payment is that we love Him back, do His will, follow His ways.
Loving God means loving each other, the same way He loves us. With grace. It’s so easy these days to associate love with gushy feelings or fireworks exploding, but that’s just not the kind of love that we’ve been given by Him. We are to do our very best to extend love that goes beyond how we’re feeling today, to love beyond looks, social status, or action. We need to ask God to help us love like He does. To look at the downcast in our world and have compassion on them. To actually be the hands and feet of Jesus.
This doesn’t always happen right away, and with some people it may never happen, but we should be seeking to show the heart of our Father to a world that has a completely distorted view of love. There are so many who don’t know what real, authentic, love is like. They’re so used to being loved because of what they are instead of who they are. It’s a plastic, throw away, type of devotion. A lot of Christian’s aren’t able to completely accept God’s love because they’ve never know anything to be so limitless, they’ve only ever experienced the love the world has to offer, which is false.
I have four kids, from age 16 down to 7, and I have learned by listening to them that the feeling we’ve made love to be comes and goes, very quickly, almost like flipping a switch. My seven-year old will love her brothers one minute, you can see her eyes light up and she throws her arms around one of their necks, declares her undying love to them because they shared their candy and the next minute she’s mad because the same brother won’t drop everything to get her a cup for her water. At that point she’s decided she’ll never talk to him again, which also doesn’t last. My 16 year old loves pizza, guitars, and BMXing. I’m guessing someday he’ll love a girl and want to marry her and I’m sure the feeling won’t be the same as he feels for pizza or bike tricks.
I also know something else from having this mess of kids: I love them all the same. I have no favorites. They can’t do anything to earn my love, they can’t do anything to lose my love. They can, however, make me upset, but they can also make me laugh. My feelings change but my love for them does not. I can’t imagine that their social status as they get older will affect my love for them. This is how God loves us, not with feeling but with choice, covenant, and faithfulness. His love is priceless and unfailing, available to all, no exceptions. I’m so glad that He loved me when I was unlovable and that His love found me.