Visio Divina for 3/20/12 – “Have Mercy on Me, O God” – Day 2 (Meditating)


Ruminate on the word you were drawn to in yesterday’s scripture passage (Psalm 51:1-13). What does the word or phrase you have chosen mean to you today?


As I listened to the psalm yesterday, the phrase that stood out to me was, “according to your steadfast love”. I am always drawn to the word ‘love’, but what does it mean to be steadfast? According to the New American Heritage Dictionary, to be steadfast means 1. Fixed or unchanging; steady. 2. Firmly loyal or constant. In the Hebrew, the word used of God’s steadfast love is hesed, focusing on the second definition above. One way that God shows love is by being fiercely loyal to the relationships made with those he loves. This is who God is. Because I believe that God loves me, I can trust God to hear my cry, just as God heard David’s cry for mercy. I know that not only will I be heard, but forgiven, as well. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I may abuse my relationship with God and commit sin and then demand forgiveness. That is not what love does. On the other hand, it does mean that when I mess up, I can come before the Lord, and ask that my sins be washed away. I can  know that out of God’s steadfast love, I will become whiter than snow, ready to face a new day in relationship with God.

So today where am I in need of God’s steadfast love? Like David, where have my thoughts turned into unhealthy desires? Have I acted upon these desires, hurting others and myself?

“Wash me, Lord, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

-Kathy Janku

© Psalm 51, Donald Jackson, 2004. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota.  Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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