We easily identify the violence in the world – it is thrown at us on a regular basis through the ‘news’. We can feel the tensions. We hear of the hatred (and maybe experience it). We would say the world is full of many things – greed, despair, anger. But the Psalmist gives us a different view. There is more than what the media tells us. There is so much more offered we will not see on TV or on our phones. Social media isn’t able to adequately capture it. And so, we can miss it. We can miss there is more than what we are being told. We can miss there is more than what we read about. There is more. There is love – God’s love.
The Psalmist talks about the earth being full of the steadfast love of the Lord. This wasn’t a conclusion based on what was seen around him. He didn’t look to find love was abounding. He experienced wars and fighting and loss if he simply looked at the view in front of him. This love isn’t the mushy, infatuation type of stuff. This is the love that endures, the love that breaks down barriers, the love that crosses borders. This is the love that changes things – including us. The Psalmist comes to this conclusion because of who God is. God is merciful and kind, slow to anger and ABOUNDING in steadfast love. This love covers the entire earth. The earth is saturated in the never-ending love of God. Why don’t we hear about it? Why don’t we realize it? Because we choose to focus on other things. We choose to see the hatred. We choose to gossip about the negative. We choose to be entertained by the things which are not loving. The media gives the people what they are willing to watch. We see what is around us from the view of what we are seeking. What if we sought out the love of God? We may find, like the Psalmist, the earth is crammed full of the love of God. And we just might be changed.
4 For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
5 He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
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