Nov 3, 2019
In this day and age, love is fluid. Love is subject. Love is whatever you want it to be. That’s why you hear about campaigns and slogans like “Love Wins,” “Love Has No Labels,” “Love is Love.” If love can mean whatever you want it to be, then love becomes meaningless. Real love is not subjective. Real love is not shallow. Real love is not short-lived.
We need a definition of love that is objective, weighty, and everlasting. We need God’s definition of love for God is love. We don’t need a fluid and flimsy love that offers no foundation in life. We need a solid and strong love. We need God’s love. And don’t go asking people what they think about God’s love. We go straight to the source. We go straight to God. We go to His Word and see what kind of love God has for us.
TEXT: Psalm 136:1-26
After reading the psalm, the message is clear: Thank God for His steadfast love. “Steadfast love” appears in every verse. And so it appears twenty-six times in this Psalm. Therefore, it’s a key word for us to understand if we want to really appreciate Psalm 136.
“Steadfast love” comes from the Hebrew word hesed. It’s a word I want to introduce to you. And my goal is not just to teach you a new word. My goal is help you understand what hesed means and it’s significance so that when we know what hesed means and why it’s important, our hearts will be filled with thanksgiving and praise to God.
I. God’s Hesed Love Displayed Universally (vv. 1-3; 26)
II. God’s Hesed Love Displayed Historically (vv. 4-22)
III. God’s Hesed Love Displayed Presently (vv. 23-25)
– And how should we respond to God’s hesed towards us? Shouldn’t we respond like Isaiah? Or since we belong to the New Covenant, shouldn’t we respond in greater thanksgiving and praise because of Jesus Christ? Shouldn’t we thank God every morning, every afternoon and every evening for His hesed love?
– After understanding hesed and how grace is its closest equivalent to the New Testament, kindly turn to Ephesians 1:3-10 and I hope that reading the text would burst our hearts in thanksgiving and praise to our God. Would you please stand and as we read Ephesians 1:3-10: