“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
It is in knowing the steadfast love of the Lord for those who are His that we are able to truly, freely rejoice. His is a love which conquers our fear and soothes our anxiety, covering us with grace and the knowledge that the One in charge of it all is watching over us with compassion, writing all of our days in everlasting faithfulness and light.
Ephesians 3:14-21 contains a prayer in which the writer, Paul, expresses his great desire for the church of Ephesus, along with all other believers, to comprehend the “breadth and length and height and depth” – the vastness – of this love in which we are rooted, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. Paul concludes his prayer by highlighting the power of our God who is able to do exceeding abundantly more than all that we could ask or imagine.
This is why we, as the people of God, rejoice. This is why we can be satisfied to the depth of our being. The God of heaven, almighty Ruler of all things, is acting for us out of His great love. Exemplified powerfully in the cross of Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, His love is greater than we can fathom. It is steadfast. It is sure. It does not waver or hesitate. It stands firm and fixed and it upholds us. Not because we did anything to deserve it, but because God chose to love us and we have taken refuge in the truth of His unchanging Word.
God’s love for us holds us fast when everything else falls away. We can rejoice even in confusion and sorrow – perhaps a quieter joy than at happier times, but joy that is real and deep nonetheless – because we know our God is still with us. He is still holding us. He still has a plan and a purpose for our lives and even our hardest circumstances. And something I have found to be beautifully true in those moments: our God draws very near to us, making us more acutely aware of how greatly we are loved, if we will lean into Him and listen.
Some of our days are extremely difficult. Some are unspeakably painful and colors seem to fade from view. Some days are frustrating and we feel caught in an unending cycle. Some days we fall to temptation. But in each of them, in the sunshine and the rain, may our God bring steady assurance of His great, unending love to settle and satisfy our soul that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
“May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:5
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us,
that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
In this is love, not that we have loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
1 John 4:9-10