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I am reading through the Bible in a Year with a group of women, and we just
finished reading the book of Psalms.

As I was reading, I was struck by how often the Psalms talk about God’s steadfast love. In fact, it seemed that whenever the Psalms mention God’s love, it is almost always described as steadfast.

In Psalm 108, David says “My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and
make melody with all my being!”. This statement blew me away. David, the man
after God’s own heart, mirrored God and His love by having a heart that was steadfast.
I began to think more about this, and what it means to have a heart that is steadfast.

When you look up the definition of “steadfastness”, you will get something along
the lines of “firmly fixed in place; immovable; not subject to change; firm in belief”. When you read the Psalms that David wrote, it becomes very clear that His heart was, in fact, steadfast. His faith was unwavering and unchanging towards God. He knew that no matter the trial he was facing, God is good, and he gave praise to God. David ran to God for comfort and safety, and he trusted God as his deliverer. His faith in God and the promises of God was firm and fixed.

This is how we are called to be. After all, we know from Ephesians 5:1-2 that we
are called to “be imitators of God”. If we are called to imitate God, and His love is often
described as steadfast, then that should be a quality that our love for God has too.

But what does this look like?
What would It look like for us to have hearts like David’s that can be described as steadfast?

One way that we can do this is by growing to be unwavering in our love for God.
If you’re like me, then that could look like growing to be more consistent in thanking God for His many blessings.
Or maybe it looks like growing to be more consistent in reading
the Bible and praying.
Perhaps it looks like growing in consistency in confessing and fighting sin.
Or maybe, it looks like growing to be firm in your thoughts by taking them captive and reminding yourself of truth when your thoughts are not honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8). S

So much in life changes, but our faith in God and our trust in Him must not change. My guess is that there is at least one area in your life in which your heart is not
steadfast. I am aware of several areas in which my heart is not steadfast. Find those
areas and work on them. Seek to be firm in your faith in the areas where sin and doubt
reside. If you are having a hard time seeing what those areas might be, pray that God
would reveal those areas to you.

Most of all, though, remember this: you are going to sin against God again, and
there will be areas in which your heart is not steadfast. In those times, grow in
steadfastness by confessing that sin. Grow in steadfastness by having a heart that is
quick to repent. Trust God, be thankful that He is “is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins” (1 John 1:8-9), and remain steadfast in your love for God as He sanctifies you.

 

Verses to Ponder

Here are a few verses that have encouraged me in learning more about what it looks like to live a life steadfast for the Lord:

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in the
work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,
for you know that the
testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1:2-4

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,
for when he has stood the test
he will receive the crown of life,
which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12

Continue steadfastly in prayer,
being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2

My heart is steadfast, O God!
I will sing and make melody with all my being!
Psalm 108:1

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all
generations.
Psalm 100:5

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they
are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in
steadfast love and faithfulness.
Psalm 86:15

If indeed you continue in the faith,
stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of

the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven,
and
of which I, Paul, became a minister.
Colossians 1:23

And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season we will reap, if we do not
give up.
Galatians 6:9

I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be
shaken.
Psalm 16:8

Love,
Jess Saki