Psalm 108 and 109 … Consider His Love, Bigger Than the Sky

For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the skies.
(108:4).

The day started out rough. One of those days that my guilt carried over from the day before. Have you ever been there? A reaction of the flesh that brings shame and keeps sleep away through the night. Though I had confessed my sin, quite honestly, I felt so unworthy to even open His Word… let alone write about it. Soon, I found myself cleaning my house, perhaps hoping that somehow my heart would be sanitized in the process. Unworthiness engulfed me. I know it is only by His blood that I have been given the privilege of coming before Him; but somehow my own failings seemed much too big to overcome. But finally, after spending much of my day defeated, I sat down and again opened His Word. The first words I read sounded nothing at all like the condition of my own heart.

My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul,
(108:1).

And I wondered, was this soul talk or did David really believe this? And if so, how does one keep his heart steadfast? Actually, David seemed to be suffering a bit from defeatism himself.

That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and answer me

Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us?
And will You not go forth with our armies, O God?
(108:6, 11).

And it just might have been that David was attempting to convince his heart to look up and be steadfast; for David knew where to go for help.

And as I finished Psalm 108 and 109, the description of His lovingkindness filled my head; and I desperately needed it to fill my soul.

For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the skies.
(108:4).

I was reminded of a long-standing tradition in my family. As long as I can remember, whenever my grandfather would come for a visit, we were always greeted with his question, “How much do you love me?” And the response expected… “As big as the sky!”

I carried the tradition on to my own children. But when my son was little, he decided the sky just wasn’t quite big enough; he wanted me to know his little love was bigger than the whole sky. So he started his own new tradition, “I love you as big as the whole sky and everything on the inside of the universe stuck on the outside.” There was no denying it… that is Big!

And it hit me as I read of His lovingkindness great above the heavens and His truth that reaches to the skies, that although I spent a great majority of my day listening to the voices that declared my low estate and unworthiness, His Love for me had not changed one iota. His Love is constant because it flows from His truth that is never changing. And like David, I too needed deliverance from the enemy and his despicable lies that had persistently invaded my thoughts throughout my day.

For they have opened the wicked and deceitful mouth against me;
They have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
They have also surrounded me with words of hatred,
And fought against me without cause,
(109:2-3).

I needed my heart set steadfastly on His truth and His Love, Bigger Than the Sky; and like David, I’m grateful that I too knew where to go for help

Consider His Love, Bigger Than the Sky

For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the skies,
(108:4).

  • His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, is exalted and glorious.
    •  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
      And Your glory above all the earth,
      (108:5).
  • His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, saves His beloved.
    • That Your beloved may be delivered,
      Save with Your right hand, and answer me!
      (108:6).
  • His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, reveals His holiness and His supremacy.
    • God has spoken in His holiness:
      “I will exult, I will portion out Shechem
      And measure out the valley of Succoth.

      “Gilead is Mine, Manasseh is Mine;
      Ephraim also is the helmet of My head;
      Judah is My scepter,
      (108:7-8).
  • His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, delivers us and treads down our adversaries.
    • Oh give us help against the adversary,
      For deliverance by man is in vain.
      13 Through God we will do valiantly,
      And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries,
      (108:12-13).
  • His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, deals kindly with us for His Name’s sake.
    • But You, O God, the Lord, deal kindly with me for Your name’s sake;
      Because Your lovingkindness is good, deliver me;
      (109:21).
  • His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, helps us according to His lovingkindness.
    • Help me, O Lord my God;
      Save me according to Your lovingkindness,
      (109:26).
  • His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, blesses us as His very own.
    • And let them know that this is Your hand;
      You, Lord, have done it.
      28 Let them curse, but You bless;
      When they arise, they shall be ashamed,
      But Your servant shall be glad,
      (109:27-29).
  • His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, saves us from the judgment of our soul.
    • For He stands at the right hand of the needy,
      To save him from those who judge his soul.
      (109:31).

How do we respond to His Love, Bigger Than the Sky?

When we find ourselves feeling unsteady, when our heart is being judged and feels anything but steadfast, we need to remember to fix our minds on the truth of His Love, Bigger Than the Sky. It’s a matter of faith;  believing, even when we can’t see it or feel it. For like the sky, His Love surrounds us and extends beyond what we can see or really even comprehend.

Unlike my grandfather who was the one to ask, “How much do you love me;” God asks us to ask Him! And when we ask, “God, how much do you love me?” we must listen with a steadfast heart. And the truth is, as Big as the Sky is, it really isn’t Big enough to explain His incomprehensible Love, Bigger Than the Sky.

But the adversary is incessant in his attempts to steer us away from faith and into the pitfalls of doubt and even self-loathing. Today, I realized once again that it is pointless to try to conquer the adversary on my own.

Oh give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.
13 Through God we will do valiantly,
And it is He who shall tread down our adversaries,
(108:12-13).

Only God can steady our soul to live valiantly. And today, He called me to sit under the expanse of His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, to look up and soak it in.

When we are in Christ, we are in His Beloved, and we can depend on His exalted and glorious Love, Bigger than the Sky to deliver and save us when we call.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth.
That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and answer me!
(108:5-6).

He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved, (Ephesians 1:5-6).

Today, let’s end our time together trusting Him to steady our hearts as we lay back and look up at His Love, Bigger Than the Sky, as proclaimed in His God-Breathed Word.

But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth,
(Psalm 86:15).

Give thanks to the God of heaven,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
(Psalm 136:26).

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you,
And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
Says the Lord who has compassion on you,
(Isaiah 54:10).

The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness,”
(Jeremiah 31:3).

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:16).

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends,” (John 15:13).

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, (Romans 5:8).

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 8:37-39).

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), (Ephesians 2:4-5).

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are, (1 John 3:1).

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins, (1 John 4:10).

We love, because He first loved us, (1 John 4:19).

Let us ask the Lord to steady our anxious hearts, to live always looking up in faith; and that like David, we too would sing praises, with all that we are, for His Love, Bigger Than the Sky.

My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul,
(108:1).

Let’s Grow Together!

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