Our Father loves us! God is love and everything He does is good and is filled with His love (1 John 4:16). As the psalmist says, “His lovingkindness is everlasting” (Psalm 136:1). God is so in love with all the people of the world that He sent His Son to free us “that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).[i] When Yeshua (Jesus) walked on the earth, He was the heart of the Father ministering to mankind. Christ said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Reread the Gospels and realize that the Father is drawing you to Himself. He wants to gather you under His wing and have you in His presence with Him (Matthew 23:37).
Yeshua is the way to the Father (John 14:6). The new covenant in His blood is our way into the Father’s presence (Luke 22:20). Moses told the children of Israel, “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
Hesed has a great depth of meaning, which is hard to describe in simple English words. Part of its vast meaning includes kindness, mercy, and covenant love. Psalm 89 declares the lovingkindness that God has sworn to David and to his seed forever:
For I have said, “Lovingkindness [hesed] will be built up forever;
In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.”
“I have made a covenant with My chosen;
I have sworn to David My servant,
I will establish your seed forever
And build up your throne to all generations.” (Psalm 89:2-4)
Generally throughout the Tanakh (Old Testament), this expression of God’s lovingkindness is tied to the concept of His faithfulness to keep His everlasting covenant of peace with Israel.[ii] In His faithfulness, God made an everlasting covenant with David “and shows lovingkindness [hesed] to His anointed, to David and his descendants forever” (Psalm 18:50).
We know that Yeshua died for us, and that His blood cleanses us from our sins. But we do not stop there; we need to step into the presence of the Father, into His great lovingkindness and covenant faithfulness beamed toward us. For “all the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies” (Psalm 25:10).
Rather than focusing on your sins and failures, appropriate Christ’s victory that allows you to stand before your Father. Go talk to Him. He loves you and will have compassion on you in His covenant mercy and faithfulness.
“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My lovingkindness [hesed] will not be removed from you,
And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
Says the LORD who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10)
It is time for the Body of Christ to come into the presence of the Father. That is how Yeshua did it. He knew He could do nothing of Himself (John 5:19). Yet even the winds and sea obeyed Him because He stood in the presence of the Father (Matthew 8:27). Ask Christ to anoint your eyes so you can also know the truth about our Father’s everlasting lovingkindness and covenant promises with His people. Let the Spirit of His Son in your heart cry, “Abba! Father!” and come under His protective wing (Galatians 4:6).
[i] All Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95).
[ii] Deuteronomy 7:9; 1 Kings 8:23; 2 Chronicles 6:14; Nehemiah 9:32; Daniel 9:4.