Psalms! There simply isn’t a better book in the Bible than the book of Psalms, at least in my opinion. Also (my opinion again!) there isn’t a better writer in God’s word than David, the author of many of those Psalms. Psalms inspires me just as much as, if not more than, a beautiful sunset on the beach with streams of multicolored light reflecting over the water and painted gently on the sky. God truly gifted David with the written word in both prose and poetry, read or sung. When times are tough, whether in my classroom or personal life, it’s my go-to book. I really don’t know what in the world I would do without it.
Having listened to Psalms a lot lately, I’ve noticed a theme stated over and over and over again, that being The Steadfast Love of the Lord. This morning alone, I couldn’t keep up with how many times it was stated – that’s how often it was mentioned. I read it appears more than 246 times in the the Old Testament alone in an article from the CS Lewis Institute. Wow! It must be pretty important, amen? Therefore, it bears some discussion I would think.
Here are some words various online dictionaries give as synonyms for the word steadfast which match the biblical meaning from what I’ve studied:
resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
||loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true,constant, staunch, solid, trusty
If you break down the word steadfast into syllables, stead means –
the place or role that someone or something should have or fill (used in referring to a substitute), e.g. “you wish to have him superseded and to be appointed in his stead”
and fast means –
firmly fixed b : tightly shut c : adhering firmly : not easily freed : stuck e : stable firmly loyal
Take about 5 minutes or so, as I did, and substitute those words for steadfast when quoting the phrase the steadfast love of the Lord. For example, the resolute love of the Lord, the loyal love of the Lord, the unwavering love of the Lord, and the firmly fixed and relentless love of the Lord. I could go on and on about His devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, and constant love, not forgetting, by any means, that His steadfast love was perfectly and completely exemplified by appointing Jesus in our stead as the substitute for our sins. That will get any weary teacher through the day, don’t you think? 🙂
Finally, let me ask you a question. Is our love for the Lord and for our students steadfast? If we truly love the Lord then we can point to these same synonyms and say YES they describe our love for God. And if we love God steadfastly, then it will spill – no POUR – out of us and into our students hearts. It’s a love that simply cannot be contained.
Be steadfast in your love, dear Christian teacher. It makes all the difference in our lives when we receive it from Him and all the difference in our students’ lives when they receive it from us.
May God bless you in your classrooms this week and stay devoted (steadfast!).
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