David attributes “steadfast love” to God numerous times in the Psalms (Ps. 5:7;6:4; 13:5; 17:7; 18:50; 21:7; 25:6 just to name a few). Steadfast love primarily refers to the mercy of God. Steadfast refers to God’s patience and endurance and his love is his giving of himself. Therefore, steadfast love is God’s patient endurance in giving of himself. In relation to sinners like David (and like me), steadfast love refers to mercy since mercy implies and requires both steadfastness and love from God. God not only expresses steadfast love, but David goes further to say that God is his steadfast love. This is equivalent to expressing the truth that God not only showers sinners with mercy, but he himself is Mercy or merciful. David affirms that mercy (“steadfast love”) is part of God’s flawless character.
How vital is this for sinners living in 21st century America? It is glorious good news! It is in fact our only hope as sinners in the face of a holy, righteous, and just God for him to also be our steadfast love. Christians have reason to rejoice and joy can truly be found in God since he is merciful! Non-believers have a hope if they would but rest in the refuge of this God who is full of mercy.
“The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” – (Exodus 34:6; cf. Num. 14:18;Neh. 9:17; Psalm 86:15; 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jon. 4:2)