Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.
The first line of this proverb uses two words to define the basis of security. Chesed describes a “loyal love,” a love of commitment and dedication. Emeth describes what is trustworthy and true. While our passage today specifically addresses an earthly kingdom, these two words convey the strong meaning of a faithful love often used to express the covenant between God and his people.
The faithful love between God and his people is a love of covenant—it can never be severed. Our Father brings us to himself and keeps us there. Nothing can snatch us out of his hand. He promises to finish the work of salvation that he has started. Nothing can separate us from his love. When we trust in Christ, we will forever be a child of God. That’s loyal love!
It is the loyal love of God that keeps us safe and secure. People may fail us. Some may go back on their commitment. Some may break a promise. But God never does. As Christians, our eternity is settled. And that gives us the freedom to live.
Father, thank you for your loyal love. Thank you that, as a believer, your love for us is perfect, complete, and secure. Thank you for that assurance. May we respond with gratitude that causes us to follow hard after you.
In Christ’s name.
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