but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.  Psalm 147:11  ESV Steadfast love – Once again we discover David’s declaration that hesed is the fundamental description of what it means to have a relationship with YHWH.  The ESV uses “steadfast love.”  NASB attempts “lovingkindness.”  NKJV […]

He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me.  Selah.  God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.  Psalm 57:3 NASB Lovingkindness – By now we certainly recognize that the NASB translates hesed by the English “lovingkindness.”  And we also know that hesed can’t be captured by this […]

But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.  Psalm 86:15  NASB Lovingkindness – On this day after Christmas, take a moment and ask yourself if you could provide God’s résumé in a single word.  We could come very close with the Hebrew word hesed.  […]

And Naomi said to her two daughter-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house.  May the LORD deal kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me.”  Ruth 1:8 NASB Deal kindly – What is the heart of the gospel?  What lies right at the core of the good […]

“YHWH, Elohey Yisrael, there is none like You, Elohim, in the heavens or in the earth, keeping covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts.” 2 Chronicles 6:14 (Darby) Mercy – God is faithful.  He keeps His promises.  He is the covenant-keeping God.  That is critically important for us.  […]