God's faithful love
David’s psalm started with fear and a request for protection from his enemies. Once God steps in and rescues him, David begins to sing God’s praises.
I will praise You, Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your faithful love is as high as the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
God, be exalted above the heavens;
let Your glory be over the whole earth.
The key to David’s rejoicing and praise toward God is found in a special phrase used in this section of the psalm. David identifies God’s faithful love as the reason for singing God’s praises.
The Hebrew word translated as faithful love is hesed. Hesed means to have a zeal (in a good sense) in love and kindness toward any one; it especially refers to the grace, favor, mercy God shows toward men or that one person may show to another.
It was this portion of God’s character that David was banking on when he petitioned God for refuge and shelter as his enemies closed in. David says that God’s hesed is so great that it fills all the skies of the entire earth. If that aspect of God’s character is true – and it is – then David felt that he could confidently approach God with his request for shelter.
When we recognize the magnitude of grace, favor, and mercy God has shown us…well, take a look at how Paul described God’s feelings for us:
Romans 8:31-32 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?
A few verses later, Paul adds:
Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
In a word, he’s crazy about us. We can count on God’s hesed towards believers. As a result, when trials come, we can have the same confidence as David to approach God with requests for refuge. We can find shelter and rest in Him because of His faithful love toward us.