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Part of the FBCS 2010 Read Through the Bible Project: Enter the Story. Join the Song.

Steadfast Love.

John 21    2 Chronicles 33    Psalm 89:1-18

“I will sing of your steadfast love” (Psalm 89:1). And as the psalmist sings, we are invited to join the song. Forever. What might you and I include in our forever song? How would you describe God’s steadfast love? As we ponder such questions, the stories of Manasseh and Peter remind us that we add our voices to a deep and amazing song . . .

“God received his entreaty, heard his plea, and restored him” (2 Chronicles 33:13). Manasseh spent a good portion of his life ignoring God and singing his own independent and rebellious tune (2 Chronicles 33:2,10). However, when “he was in distress,” he bent his knee before God and prayed (v.11,12). And God received, heard, and restored Manasseh. Steadfast love, indeed. The result? “Manasseh knew that the Lord was indeed God” (v.13). And Peter? His story includes a threefold denial of  Jesus and a return to fishing. And Jesus shows up at the lake, feeds him breakfast, and inquires “Do you love me?” Three times (no accident, there). And three times calls him back into partnership. Steadfast love? Absolutely! Unearned. Undeserved. Unexpected. Unending. And indisputably part of our stories, as well. Do you see it? Acknowledge it? Sing it? And how???

“Follow me!” (John 21:22). It is the command of Jesus, spoken to Peter and all who would join the song. Even Manasseh, once awakened to God’s steadfast love, behaved differently “afterward” (v.14ff). In the words of the hymn writer, “Now thank we all our God with heart and hand and voices!” Do you recognize God’s steadfast love poured out in your life? If so, join Manasseh and the psalmist and Peter in the forever song! And sing this song of love with your entire being. Amen.

“I will sing of your steadfast love,
O Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim
your faithfulness to all generations.”

— Psalm 89:1

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