The Holy Spirit knows just when I need to be reminded of God’s steadfast love. Just yesterday, after dropping my daughter off at the airport to return to the mission field after a month of happy celebrations, my mind quickly turned to fearful anticipation of worst-case scenarios.
This morning I opened New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp and was directed to Psalms 118 and 136—God is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks! In both of these Psalms, this characterization of God is repeated (five times in Psalm 118 and twenty-six times in Psalm 136). When I see repeated phrases in the Bible, I’ve learned to take notice. God is good. His love endures forever. These truths bring me comfort—God’s goodness extends to the circumstances surrounding my daughter. God’s enduring love embraces us all!
Further down the page, Tripp shared the foundational biblical worldview so succinctly I want to share it with you.
There is no reality more radical and foundational to a biblical worldview and a personal sense of identity than this. What is the biblical story? It’s the story of a God of love invading the world in the person of His Son of love, to establish His kingdom of love, by a radical sacrifice of love, to forgive us in love and draw us into His family of love, and to send us out as ambassadors of the very same love. The entire hope of fallen humanity rests on this one thing—that there is a Savior who is eternally steadfast in redeeming, forgiving, reconciling, transforming, and delivering love. Without this, the Bible is a book of interesting stories and helpful principles but devoid of any power to fix what sin has broken.
Tripp talks straight to his readers with candid transparency. He helps us look at our relationship with the Lord under the scrutiny of God’s Word. He offers insightful and thought-provoking words to encourage and exhort Christian readers—like me.
This morning I am thanking the Lord—my daughter arrived safely. God is good. His love endures forever.
If you’re looking to add to your quiet time, I highly recommend New Morning Mercies.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever!
TRIPP, PAUL DAVID. New Morning Mercies. CROSSWAY BOOKS, 2021.
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