We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 1 John 4:16 (NLT)
Yesterday my daughter came over cuddling my latest grandchild. She’s less than 2 weeks old and already we all love her beyond words. If you are a grandmother, you know what I’m talking about! There is not anything on this earth that can compare to that feeling. My heart swells seeing the love my daughter displays for her brand new baby.
This morning, during my devotional time, I spent some time in Psalm 136. I landed there because I have been studying the word “hesed” and Psalm 136 (in the Hebrew translation) displays this word in all 26 verses. Hesed is difficult to translate; no single word in English captures the meaning. Translators use words such as “kindness, tender mercies, devotion, loving kindness”, and my personal favorite, “loyal love”.
In my Bible, the New Living Translation, hesed is translated as “His faithful love endures forever”. No matter what the circumstance–delivering Israel out of bondage, providing food for every living thing, or the birth of a brand new baby–His faithful love endures forever.
A hesed love is shown in something we do, not primarily as something we feel. A mother’s love for her child is the closest thing here on earth that I could come up with to describe the word “hesed”. It speaks volumes: “I will care for you”, “I will never leave you”, “I love you, unconditionally”.
Throughout the Bible, God’s actions were hesed. It’s more than a quality He possesses, it’s God’s very nature. He is love… He is hesed.