Consider the Steadfast Love of the Lord, Psalm 107:43

Consider the Steadfast Love of the Lord, Psalm 107:43

Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.

Psalm 107:43

Dear HLPC family,

Wisdom, we learn from Psalm 107, is found in considering the “steadfast love of the Lord.”  This means we study it; we seek to understand it.  Understand what exactly?  The Lord’s committed, covenant love, His “hesed” as it says in the Hebrew. 

We would all do well to stop and meditate on God’s faithful lovingkindness, His hesed.  We would be helped immensely by thinking on the character of God to love us as He does.  When we think of God’s love, we have to wonder “why?” Why would a Being like God love us the way He does?  He doesn’t just tolerate us; He adopts us as His sons and daughters.  He loves us with a love that’s immeasurable.

Our modern notions of love are too weak and sentimental. God’s love for us is extravagant and strong in its ferocity.  He loves His people so much He wants to make us like His Son.  In fact, His love is so committed and so strong nothing we can ever experience in life or in death can separate us from that love.  That’s what makes it such a powerful love.

This makes us wise according to the Psalmist. This helps us understand His providential ordering of our lives.  We may not have all the answers to why He governs this world the way He does, but we know we can bank on His love, even when we feel left in the dark.  It’s His hesed love. 

This Sunday we’ll be back in Hebrews where we’ll be exhorted to keep looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).  That’s a sure way to “consider the steadfast love of the LORD.”  Come this Lord’s Day and let’s consider together.

Your Pastor,

Paul

Paul Bankson
pbankson@gmail.com

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).