The picture on the right is of Dulce Rock, a geographical landmark that marks the western edge of town. In days past it was legal to climb it and I believe there is an accessible route up along the back side. Viewed from the front, as in the picture, you can see how the rock has crumbled a bit over time. It is a local landmark, but one that appears to be gradually decreasing in size and prominence. Given a long enough period of time it may one day fade to a bump on the ground.
This morning I was reading Psalm 5, where David says number of things about God. Verse 7 kind of stuck with me, which says:
"But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house."
While David has several things to say about the nature of God in the Psalm, it was the way he talked about God's love that really caught my attention. For David, God's love is both abundant and steadfast.
Abundant, being extremely plentiful and perhaps overflowing.
Steadfast, being fixed in purpose, firm in direction, unwavering and resolute.
David knew these things about God's love, and he knew them personally. But these things are not just true for David. They are true for every person who has faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord. As we draw near to Easter we see God's love in its purest form in the abundance in which it is given Jesus and the steadfast way in which He secured the salvation of sinners through His death-and-resurrection.
This is not a love that deteriorates over time, like the rocks making up Dulce Rock. Nor is it like any man-made structure, such as the Great Wall of China. Very impressive in its day, and impressive today, but gradually coming apart nonetheless.
The love of God, seen most clearly in the person and work of Jesus, is abundant and steadfast. It is a love that endures. And by faith in Jesus it is a love that is freely offered to you.
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