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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

February 11

God’s Lovingkindness – Psalm 36

Do you understand lovingkindness?

Some people tend to ignore big, theological sounding words. However, lovingkindness is a word that you cannot afford to ignore because it describes one of God’s most important character qualities. The Hebrew word, “hesed” is used about 250 times in the Old Testament, and it means “lovingkindness.” David understood the importance of this word and he wrote, “How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!” (v. 7).

Lovingkindness is used to describe the love relationship that exists between God and the people He created to inhabit the earth. It is used to describe a loyal, faithful, never-failing kind of love. This kind of love cannot be earned, neither is it deserved. God chose to love you, and there is nothing you can do that will cause Him to love you any more than He does right now. Join David and value the fact that God has shown His lovingkindness to you!

Mothers may stop loving their own children, husbands may abandon their wives and children, children may reject their parents, but God will never stop loving you—regardless of what you do. The book of Hosea was written to describe God’s lovingkindness toward the nation who was unfaithful to Him in every way. They rejected Him, but He continued to love them. “I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD” (Hosea 2: 19, 20).

God has a similar message for you. He sent it to you through the writings of David. “Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings” (vv. 5–7).