God took David, the least of his father’s children, from the sheepfold and made him prince over Israel, His chosen people. He promised to establish David’s kingdom and rule through his descendants forever. This covenant with David is the penultimate display of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.
Although Israel often rewarded God’s love and faithfulness with disobedience, God remained faithful for He will not deny His own. Israel could sing this Psalm because they recognized that even in chastening the Lord remained faithful.
Jesus Christ is the ultimate display of God’s steadfast love. He alone opens the way to a new covenant relationship with God by His sacrificial death and resurrection. The Father still chastens His own, but this is further evidence of His abiding care. If we are faithless He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself (II Timothy 2:13).
How can you display gratitude for the Lord’s steadfast love in His covenant relationship with you?