This verse struck a cord in me. This is the NIV, newest revised version. The King James translates “unfailing love” as “lovingkindness”. Lovingkindness refers to bending or stooping down in kindness to an inferior. It implies favour and mercy. The dictionary definition means affectionate sympathy, tenderness and mercy.
This is a great picture of who our Father is. As a parent and a primary school teacher you learn that the way to connect with children is to get down to their level. You want to make eye contact. If they are hurt, confused, disobedient, or done something worthy of praise you bend down to look at them in the eyes. You may have to bend down and pick them up to console them. So it is with our heavenly Father. When we call on Him whatever the situation He responds to us in His lovingkindness and unfailing love.
Unfailing love is a great translation because if you look at what love is in 1 Corinthians 13 you will see that love never fails. So why do I need to be mindful of that? The answer is simple. It’s because we have an enemy that would love for us to loose sight of God and who He truly is, turning our eyes onto our circumstances, troubles and problems. It is so easy for us to do. That is why David says in this psalm to take heed, remember, and call to mind God’s unfailing love.
David then goes on to state that he has lived by reliance on His faithfulness. God is faithful and He will bring to completion the good work He began in you. We need to remember all the times God has shown His unfailing love to us, which will spur us on to live a life of faith and reliance based on who God is.
He is love and He is faithful. Be mindful; take careful notice of His unfailing lovingkindness to you. Set your eyes on that and trust Him to do what only He can do - stoop down and touch you with His tender mercy.