Read Psalm 103:17-18
"But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments."
What is God's response to our sins? In your own words, what does it mean to "bless the Lord"?
Being a Christian is really more about having a relationship with God than it is about following a bunch of religious rules, and for many this is comforting. They see how they can draw near to God in a way they never thought was possible.
But I'm willing to bet there are a lot of you in the opposite situation. You've had it with relationships. You've been used or abused in the name of love. You've had promises broken or loved ones suddenly snatched away. And if that's what Christianity is, you don't want any part of it.
Psalm 103 is a Psalm written by David for people who have had it with relationships. In nearly every one of these 22 verses David tells us why God's relationship with us is far superior to even the best relationships we can have on earth.
There are a lot of things we can focus on in this Psalm, but I want to call your attention to one word in particular. In verses 4, 8, 11, and 17, we read about the "steadfast love" of God. "But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children" (Psalm 103:17, ESV).
There are a couple amazing things about that phrase "steadfast love." Most people have no trouble admitting that God will be around forever. But this also means His attributes, His personality will be around forever: "from everlasting to everlasting." God loves you today, He'll love you tomorrow too.
Maybe you look at your life and God's amazing promise and think, "there's no way I measure up." You're not alone. Next to God, it's impossible for anyone to measure up--He's too perfect and we're too sinful. But that the second thing that's so amazing. God's steadfast love isn't just an eternal love it's a merciful love.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your patience, Your consistency, and especially Your steadfast love. Amen.