Your word, LORD, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.
Your laws endure to this day,
for all things serve you.
If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.
Save me, for I am yours;
I have sought out your precepts.
The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
but I will ponder your statutes.
To all perfection I see a limit,
but your commands are boundless.
When I think of how God looks at us, I am reminded of our kitty cat, Cloe who we rescued a year ago, and our cat, Ashton, as well. They might be distressed and so be out of sorts in their cat experience, but our love for them continues as full and unabated as ever. So it is with God toward us. We often are lost in our experience, not feeling God’s love in the least, perhaps overcome with fear or something else. But God’s love remains: pure, unabated, infinite, far beyond what we could possibly take in or understand.
The psalmist has a sense of this. In pondering God’s directions, the psalmist finds hope and delight. And it’s through the real, sometimes seemingly soul crushing experiences of life. It’s with an eye toward God, completely dependent on him, believing in his mercy, entrusting one’s self entirely to him, and bringing one’s problems and difficulties before God in prayer. Knowing by faith that God and God’s love is actually present, even when we aren’t enjoying any of that at the moment. That God has everything well in hand in his transcending care. In and through Jesus.