‘I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.’ (v2) Psalm 89:1–4

Paul, writing to the Corinthian church, states that ‘love never fails’ (1 Cor. 13:8a). Unfailing love can and will outlast everything. A church as fragmented as that in Corinth needed to heed his reminder to express such love. 

Today, our model is Jesus, who emptied Himself to live on earth and whose love did not fail throughout all the agonies of injustice and execution He experienced. In moments of intense pressure, we need both to know the reality of, and invest our hope in, the unfailing love of God.

We seldom go to bed imagining that whilst asleep the world will radically change. There is some comfort in the regular rhythms offered by the seasons. Indeed, we navigate our days by the celebrations that mark out our year. Such rhythms give order and confidence to our daily lives.

When such rhythms are broken, through the loss of a loved one or the terror of a global pandemic, we can experience a rapid rise in stress. It’s important, therefore, to remind ourselves of God’s permanent and unfailing love, even as we feel blown this way and that by forces beyond our control. In it, we discover the strength to go on. 

This is why we declare our confidence in God’s never-failing presence each and every day. Our verbal affirmation resonates throughout creation in affirmation of the Lord of the universe.

RELATED SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: 1 Kings 4:29–34; Psa. 62:1–8; Luke 1:46–55; 1 Cor. 2:1–10.

AN ACTION TO TAKE: Establish daily rhythms with God, in your prayer and Bible encounter, for only by standing on the rock, who is Christ, will we endure uncertain times (Matt. 7:24–29).

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, in peace we shall lie down and sleep, for You alone make us dwell in safety. Amen.’

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.