“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let
Israel say, ‘His steadfast love endures forever’ (Psalm 118:1-2).”
These were the words of affirmation the people of Israel spoke as they approached
the temple for worship. “His steadfast love endures forever.” It is an extraordinarily simple
confession of faith and yet remarkably profound. It brings us back once again to this
bedrock conviction: the Lord is GOOD!
All of us are wearing a ‘lens,’ a way of seeing God that is colored by our many life-
experiences. A primary influence on our ‘lens’ is our parents. That is to say, the families in
which we were raised may color our perception of who God is. Even those who have been
blessed by the most exemplary parents will find it necessary to learn to set their ‘lens’ aside
because the best parents fall short of the goodness and steadfastness of the living God. This
is why it’s so important that whenever we Christians speak of God, we point to Jesus. And
whenever we point to Jesus, we look to the cross. Here is the absolute goodness and
steadfast love to which we can absolutely and steadfastly entrust ourselves.