Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O LORD; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me. Psalm 40:11
Lovingkindness, steadfast love.
Mercy, covenant love, unfailing love.
The most theologically significant word in the Old Testament
Is the hardest to define.
It is love without sentimentality.
It is mercy without weakness.
It is loyalty without obligation.
It is devotion.
It is protection.
It is blessing.
It is central to God’s character
His course of action
And His covenants.
We as His people are called to receive it,
To emulate it,
To offer it to others.
How would our world be different if we did?