This sermon was based on Psalm 13.
How Long, O Lord?
1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?
2 How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, 4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
GOD’S HESED GIVES US HOPE AND TRANSFORMS THE NOW
- Hesed is a Hebrew word that can be translated as God’s unfailing love, steadfast love or loving kindness.
- Psalm 13 is written with reference to the ongoing challenges that we all face in life.
- God’s love gives us hope for these circumstances and changes how we live now.
GOD’S HESED INVOLVES PRACTICAL ACTION FOR ANOTHER
- This is illustrated in the actions of Boaz in the book of Ruth.
- Boaz ensures Ruth’s safety, redeems Naomi and marries Ruth.
- All of this was at great cost to himself.
GOD’S HESED IS WHY HE WENT TO THE CROSS IN CHRIST
- This is the ultimate expression of God’s Hesed love.