Monday: Psalm 97-101, Joshua 7.1-8.29, Luke 22.14-53

from Carson Rockett

“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations”

-Psalm 100:5

Years ago when reading through the Old Testament, I remember being overwhelmed by the reality of God’s steadfast love towards his ‘people, the sheep of his pasture’ (Psalm 100:3). Over and over and over again, despite the Israelites constant acts of rebellion, God’s love remained steadfast towards them.

It’s not hard for me to draw a parallel between the Israelites and myself. I grumble. I complain. I rebel. I chase after idols and build golden calves of comfort and security, just to name a couple. And when God provides my daily bread, I too complain like the Israelites, ‘Is this it God? Just bread today? No meat?’

Despite the depths of my sinfulness though, God’s love is constant and unwavering towards me. There have been moments in my life where I have been undone by the reality that while he sees the depth of my sin, he still loves me and accepts me more than I ever dared hope.  That has led me to “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” (Psalm 100:4)

J.I. Packer summarizes it well in his book Knowing God:

There is tremendous relief in knowing that His love to me is utterly realistic, based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst about me, so that no discovery now can disillusion him about me, in the way I am so often disillusioned about myself, and quench His determination to bless me. . . . There is, however, equally great incentive to worship and love God in the thought that, for some unfathomable reason, He wants me as His friend, and desires to be my friend, and has given His Son to die for me to realise this purpose.

I am married to my incredible wife Drue; we are both from the Gulf Coast of Alabama. If anyone would like to drink sweet tea and watch Alabama football please let us know. Roll Tide.