8 But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing his songs,
praying to God who gives me life.
Psalm 42:8 (NLT)
I love the visual of God literally pouring his unfailing love out on me. To be honest, fully embracing and receiving God’s love has been a struggle for me. I don’t feel deserving of it and have often translated that into frenetic work for Him, trying to “earn” what He has freely lavished on me.
Believing in God has never really been very difficult for me. Believing God, on the other hand, has been hard. Believing in God involves just recognizing that He exists, and the Bible says that even the demons do that (see James 2:19). Believing God implies believing that what He says is true. The Bible makes it very clear that God loves me and has gone to great lengths to prove that and to save me from myself and from my sin. Believing God means believing that He is pouring out His unfailing love on me each and every day, and as our verse for today says, He gives me life.
If we truly grasped God’s love for us, how might that change us? Would we see ourselves differently? Would we stand a little taller and sweat the big and small stuff a little less? I think so, because our identity would change.
God says I am His beloved daughter – no matter what anyone else may say or think about me today, that is who He says I am. I am the daughter of the King of the Universe and if you have chosen to follow Him, you are His child too – sons and daughters of the King. Does that change your view of yourself at all?
The world tries to tell us who we are every day. Am I a success or failure? Am I a winner or a loser? When we let the world decide who we are, our perception of ourselves becomes skewed.
When my son was little, he loved building with Legos. He would make elaborate creations, some that I recognized, some that I didn’t, but they were his creations, so he got to decide what they were. You and I are God’s creations – the Bible says we are His masterpieces (see Ephesians 2:10) – so He gets to decide what we are. And He says our identity is known and deeply loved by Him, our Father.
God is pouring out His unfailing love on you today. He is giving you life.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach