Great to the Heavens


This Sunday we heard a message on Psalm 57.10:

“For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.”

It struck me that we know where the heavens begin, more or less, but we have no idea where they end. NASA’s Hubble telescope has sent us spectacular images, such as the one above, from deep space and the numbers–the quantities of heavenly bodies and distances the between them–are mind-numbing. We are incapable of comprehending the vastness of the heavens’ expanse. We are like children before they can read–we just look at the pictures and marvel. The more deeply we penetrate space, the bigger it seems to get. This is science non-fiction.

So it is with the chesed of God–His steadfast love. Human love is fragile, vulnerable to erosion. It is not naturally steadfast, as God’s is. We need to work at it, to maintain it, to nurture and guard it lest it be destroyed.

God’s chesed, on the other hand, which can also be translated, “tender mercies”, “merciful kindness” or “lovingkindness” is as impenetrable and mind-boggling as deep space. The deeper we go into the heart of God, the bigger it seems to get. His steadfast love is great to the heavens.

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