Unfailing Love and Full Redemption
Date: April 28, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Word and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse - Psalm 130:7 (NIV) - "Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption."
L - Listen for God's Word and pray - Dear God, as we meditate on this verse, we ask that You speak to our hearts and reveal to us the depths of Your unfailing love and redemption. Help us to put our hope in You alone, knowing that You are faithful to fulfill all Your promises.
E - Explore the History and Meaning - In this psalm, we’re not sure of the writer, but believe it was King David. He was crying out to God from the depths of this despair, acknowledging his own sinfulness and pleading for forgiveness and redemption. He declares that he will wait for the Lord and put his hope in Him alone, knowing that His love and redemption are unfailing. The reference to Israel is a reminder that God has always been faithful to His people, even in their times of rebellion and disobedience.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases –
"Hope" means to trust and have confidence in someone or something.
"Unfailing love" refers to God's never-ending and unconditional love for His people.
"Full redemption" means complete and total deliverance from sin and its consequences.
S - Summarize and Share - So, to sum it up, Psalm 130:7 is saying that we can put our hope in God because He is faithful and loving. We don't have to rely on our own strength or understanding, but we can trust that God will help us through any situation. And when we experience His help, we can share it with others and encourage them to put their hope in God too. This verse reminds us that no matter what we're going through, we can always turn to God for hope and help.
Personally, this verse is a great comfort to me when I'm feeling overwhelmed or anxious. It's a reminder that I don't have to handle everything on my own, but I can trust God to guide me and give me strength. And when I see how faithful He is, it inspires me to share my experiences with others and encourage them to put their hope in God too.
Can you believe we've come to the end of our "Hope in the Lord" series? It feels like it just started, doesn't it? But I pray that you all have been enjoying these devotionals as much as I have.
As we've gone through this month, you might have noticed that a lot of the messages seemed repetitive. But that's because the message is so important that it's worth repeating. We all go through hard times and face challenges in life, but the most important thing we can do is turn to God for hope and strength.
By reading and meditating on the scriptures we've shared, we've learned that we can trust in God's promises and find hope in His unfailing love. When we feel like we're at our lowest point, we can call out to Him and find comfort and peace in His presence.
I want to encourage you to keep these scriptures close to your heart and continue to turn to God in all situations. Even when life gets busy or stressful, take a moment to pray and read His Word. He is always with us and wants to guide us on the path of hope and healing.
Starting Monday, we'll be exploring the theme of "Bearing Fruit" and how it relates to our faith in God.
Throughout the month, we'll be looking at various Bible verses that talk about bearing fruit for God's kingdom. We'll be exploring what it means to bear fruit, how we can bear fruit in our daily lives, and what impact it can have on our relationship with God and others.
I'm looking forward to going on this journey with you and discovering what God has in store for us as we seek to bear fruit for His glory. Let's get ready to be inspired, challenged, and encouraged together!
Bible Cross References -
Psalm 33:22 "Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you."
Lamentations 3:24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
Romans 8:23-24 "And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?"