In 1 Chronicles 16, we read a song of praise. It is one of remembrance of the mighty deeds of God. It recalls his justice and the “good tidings of his salvation” (v 23). I love being reminded that salvation is a cover-to-cover Bible truth. Being a redeemer and promise keeper is an intrinsic part of who God is. His character is unchanging and, therefore, eternal and trustworthy.
Verse 15 notes that the covenant God made with Abraham was for a thousand generations. Consider that for a moment. There were only 42 generations from Abraham to Jesus (Matthew 1:17). We are not even close to reaching a thousand generations from Abraham. If that were not generous enough, back in Exodus 20:5-6, we read that God shows loving-kindness to a thousand future generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. You get the picture. God’s promises and mercy are everlasting (v 34).
The terms ‘loving-kindness’ or ‘mercy,’ as it is translated, comes from the Hebrew word ‘chesed.’ More fully, it means a ‘marriage-like covenant of merciful, loyal-love.” As such, we understand that while God’s love and mercy are unconditional, his desire is for a relational covenant.
It is this relational covenant-love with God and each other that we see in the greetings of Romans 16. These are people following the example of Jesus, serving God and each other with love and working hard for the Lord. It is why in Romans 16:17-18, the church is warned to avoid dissension and the contrary teachings of those who are ‘slaves to their own selfish appetites.’ Such things are antithetical to a ‘chesed’ example of a relationship.
The transient things of this world offer nothing that can satisfy more than a relationship with our redeemer, abiding in his everlasting loyal-love.
Today’s reading of Psalm 90:14 sums it up nicely: “Satisfy us in the morning with your loyal love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”
Congregant, husband, Dad and lover of the Scriptures