Be calm in the Lord’s careful love

The Lord God is interested in every aspect of his obedient people’s lives, at all times.

But since I have trusted in your careful love,/1
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the LORD,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Psalm 13.5-6

The word behind the phrase “careful love” (Hebrew: hesed) is generally translated “lovingkindness” or “faithful love.” It is the love of the covenant, the committed love, the love that makes itself present at all times because it has assumed the commitment to look after its people.

The thirteenth psalm consists of three parts, three groups of decreasing intensity:

  1. Four times David repeats the phrase “Until when …?”, demonstrating intense emotion (verses 1-2).
  2. Three times he appeals to the Lord: “Look,” “answer,” “revive” (verses 3-4).
  3. A song in two parts expresses confidence that God will hear his plea (verses 5-6)./2

Usually, people celebrate after being freed. But David, thanks to his confidence in the Lord, already feels a joy and a sensation of calm, before actually experiencing the physical relief. He already has relief of soul.

We may also have this peace of spirit,  in the worst of crises.

I trust, Lord, in your care, even in the midst of the darkest days.

Hold this thought: Knowing God through his covenant in Christ and depositing in his hand our worries brings peace and confidence.

1/ Translation of the Nova Bíblia Viva which I’ve reflected in the English translation.

2/W.A. VanGemeren, EBD, “Psalms.”

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