A Tethered Heart

This world we live in is fallen, broken, hurting, decaying. And yet, “the earth is full of His unfailing love” (Psalm 33:5). It has been filled – do we have eyes to see? Ears to hear? Hearts to receive this unfailing love?

Proverbs 19:22 says, “What a man desires is unfailing love.” Our hearts crave this lovingkindness, and yet all too often we search it out in all the wrong places. This God-shaped hole was designed to be filled by One source alone – the Father’s unfailing love.

Psalm 143:8 is an amazing verse, but I feel like it loses some of its meaning in certain translations. In the NIV, it says “Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love…” I love that, but in the NASB, it says: “Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning…” Oh, that I would hear it! He is speaking His love over us! Through His Word, through His presence… His love is all around us! Will we rest in Him long enough to hear it? Will we stop our striving and performance mindset long enough to receive it?

Psalm 119:76 says, “May Your unfailing love be my comfort, according to Your promise to Your servant.” With all the heartbreak surrounding us on so many levels, it’s easy to see that we are in need of comfort. God’s love is a comfort that will never fail us. I don’t remember the exact situation but in my Bible next to this verse, I wrote down “10/1/09 – I will be Your Comforter. Let me comfort you.”

I think we need to practice running to our Heavenly Father’s arms, to learn a little more every day to receive His love and comfort. To let Him comfort us. The Hebrew word for “comfort” in this verse is nacham (H5162), and it means “properly, to sigh, ie breathe strongly; by implication, to be sorry, ie (in a favorable sense) to pity, console or (reflexively) rue.” When our sighing is loud and circumstances overwhelm us, we have a God who’s on our side, who understands everything, who sends His love to breathe strongly in us.

We can wait expectantly in hope for His unfailing love (Psalm 147:11). This delights the Father – not that we’re trying to earn or work for His love, but when we trust in His love for us, He’s delighted!

In the Amplified, Jeremiah 31:3 says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.”

God has loved us with an eternal love – unconditional, unfailing, not dependent on us whatsoever. He has drawn us to Himself with His lovingkindness.

I love this verse in The Message… “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!”

The Hebrew word for “lovingkindness” or “unfailing love” in all these verses is checed (H2617); it means “goodness, kindness, faithfulness; the grace, favor, mercy of God towards men.” This is love.

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There’s a line from the song “Fierce” by Jesus Culture that gets me every time:

“I can’t outrun this heart I’m tethered to…”

I want to be tethered to God. To His Word. To His unfailing love. To trust that no matter how far I run, I can’t outrun His heart for me.

We no longer have to play the game where we pick the petals of flower, alternating between “He loves me, He loves me not…”

We don’t have to live this life bouncing back and forth between the two extremes…

We can be sure today, confident, that we are loved by God. We can grow up in that love, exploring the width and length and height and depth of His lovingkindness. We can receive His love daily, more and more, so it overflows into every area of our lives, splashing on every person we cross paths with.

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