A few years ago, I had been studying Psalm 25. In the course of my research, I discovered a word, hesed or chesed. It’s a Hebrew word generally translated as loving-kindness and refers to God’s attitude and dealings with the people of Israel. But the word encompasses much more than love or kindness. The word implies a 2 way relationship but even more than a relationship, a sacred agreement, or covenant such as Jehovah God had with the people of Israel in the Old Testament and with us now through His son, Jesus. But I’m am focused today on the hesed from God toward us. In one place the following expanded definition is given: the consistent, ever-faithful, relentless, constantly-pursuing, lavish, extravagant, unrestrained, furious love of our Father God! (www.hesed.com) Oh, I love that! When I read that I began to understand the depth of my heavenly Father’s love for me. He is consistent and scripture does say that He never changes. That’s so comforting to me. He is ever faithful, never forgetting me as he blesses me daily. Oh and constantly pursuing? Wow! At the age of 23, I asked Jesus to come into my life. I really meant that! I was so sorry for the my sins and determined to turn my life around with the help of my Savior. To live for Him only! So, a few years later, when I strayed, I always felt His pursuing presence. If we agree to it, this covenant, His presence will never leave us. The Holy Spirit constantly prodding me along.
Ok, so, His love is lavished on us, unrestrained, and extravagantly in all the large and small blessings of each day. And yes, sometimes, I have to really focus on how He has blessed me because life does seem tough at times. And a father who loves that much! I never had an earthly father like that, so it took a while to understand that my heavenly Father could love me so intimately. When life does get tough, He has given us words to uplift us and set us straight. For instance, Philippians 4:8 which says, “Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected.” (New Century Version)
Dear all loving Father God, we thank you that you are ALWAYS there for us, even when we don’t realize it. We ask you to help us see and feel the depth of your love. We ask your help in extending your love to others, that you would open our eyes and hearts to the need of others who surely would welcome your kind of hesed-love.