Do you ever read a passage of Scripture you’ve read and thought about a dozen times before and suddenly ask yourself, “Well, yeah, but what does that really mean?”
Well anyway, it happened again on Sunday and I was curious enough to start poking around in the Hebrew to answer my question. #nerdalert
There’s this beautiful passage in Psalm 37 that watered my soul, way back in 2005 when I was living in Scotland:
I’ve thought about the trust part, and the doing good part. I’ve also thought about delighting in Him, and trusting that He will literally put the right desires in my heart – not just give me what I want, but actually, give me my wants. I like all of those thoughts.
But what is this “feed on his faithfulness” business?
The ESV says “and befriend faithfulness.”
The KJV says “and verily thou shalt be fed.”
The NIV says, “enjoy safe pasture.”
The Passion translation (I love this unpacking of it) reads, “Fix your heart on the promises of God and you will be secure, feasting on his faithfulness.”
When I dug a bit deeper, I discovered that in the Hebrew, David used a verb that means to pasture, graze, or tend, along with a noun that means firmness, steadfastness, and fidelity.
What these two lovely words put together mean is that like sheep on a hillside, grazing on a bonnie wee patch of grass (this is definitely bringing back my days in Scotland, hey?) our souls can be fed – continuously nourished by the steadfast character of God.
His unchanging goodness is an unending source of consistency in a world that feels so strange these days. Maybe for you it’s the pandemic and isolation, maybe you’ve just lost a loved one or a job or you’re not sure how the next bill is going to be paid, or maybe you just had such a dang hard day at home with your kids that you feel like you’re a failure as a Mama and you should throw in the towel.
You have an open invitation to literally feast on the goodness of God. Feast by remembering how He’s come through for you before. Feast by remembering the joy that is set before you and the reason nothing in this world can truly satisfy: you were made for more than this world can offer.
And, in His goodness and faithfulness, more, better, sweeter, and deeper is what God has in store for you and me.
Hold tight to the Good Word. Remind yourself of your favorite stories of answered prayers.
Whatever you’re facing today on the outside, on the inside you can let His faithfulness be a feast that never stops feeding your soul.
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