Bible Verses about the Lord’s Lovingkindness

  • Nehemiah 9:17 NASB
    They refused to listen,
    And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them;
    So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt.
    But You are a God of forgiveness,
    Gracious and compassionate,
    Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness;
    And You did not forsake them.
  • Psalm 17:7 NASB
    Wondrously show Your lovingkindness,
    O Savior of those who take refuge [a]at Your right hand
    From those who rise up against them.
  • Psalm 25:6 NASB
    Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses,
    For they have been from of old.
  • Psalm  26:3 NASB
    For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
    And I have walked in Your truth.
  • Psalm 36:7 NASB
    How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
    And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
  • Psalm 36:10 NASB
    O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You,
    And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.
  • Psalm 40:11 NASB
    You, O Lord, will not withhold Your compassion from me;
    Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.
  • Psalm  42:7-8 NASB
    Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
    All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
    The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
    And His song will be with me in the night,
    A prayer to the God of my life.
  • Psalm  48:9 NASB
    We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God,
    In the midst of Your temple.
  • Psalm 51:1 NASB
    Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
    According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
  • Psalm 63:3 NASB
    Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
    My lips will praise You
  • Psalm 69:16-17 NASB
    Answer me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good;
    According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me,
    17 And do not hide Your face from Your servant,
    For I am in distress; answer me quickly.
  • Psalm 89:1-2 NASB
    I will sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever;
    To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.
    For I have said, “Lovingkindness will be built up forever;
    In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.”
  • Psalm 92:1-2 NASB
    It is good to give thanks to the Lord
    And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
    To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
    And Your faithfulness by night,
  • Psalm  98:3 NASB
    He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel;
    All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
  • Psalm 103:1-5 NASB
    Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
    Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    And forget none of His benefits;
    Who pardons all your iniquities,
    Who heals all your diseases;
    Who redeems your life from the pit,
    Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
    Who satisfies your [a]years with good things,
    So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
  • Psalm 107:43 NASB
    Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things,
    And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord.
  • Psalm 117:2 NASB
    For His lovingkindness is great toward us,
    And the truth of the Lord is everlasting.
    Praise the Lord!
  • Psalm 119:76 NASB
    O may Your lovingkindness comfort me,
    According to Your word to Your servant.
  • Psalm 119:88 NASB
    Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
    So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.
  • Psalm 119:149 NASB
    Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;
    Revive me, O Lord, according to Your ordinances.
  • Psalm 138:2 NASB
    I will bow down toward Your holy temple
    And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your [a]truth;
    For You have magnified Your [b]word [c]according to all Your name.
  • Psalm 143:8 NASB
    Let me hear Your lovingkindness in the morning;
    For I trust in You;
    Teach me the way in which I should walk;
    For to You I lift up my soul.
  • Psalm 144:2 NASB
    My lovingkindness and my fortress,
    My stronghold and my deliverer,
    My shield and He in whom I take refuge,
    Who subdues my people under me.
  • Hosea 2:19 NASB
    “I will betroth you to Me forever;
    Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice,
    In lovingkindness and in compassion”
  • Isaiah 54:8 NASB
    “In an outburst of anger
    I hid My face from you for a moment,
    But with everlasting lovingkindness I will have compassion on you,”
    Says the Lord your Redeemer.
  • Isaiah 63:7 NASB
    I shall make mention of the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, the praises of the Lord,
    According to all that the Lord has granted us,
    And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
    Which He has granted them according to His compassion
    And according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses.
  • Jeremiah 31:3 NASB
    The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying,
    “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.

Even When I’m Disappointed, I’ll Love You Anyway

Suffice it to say, hiding the evidence didn’t work.

I found her hidden stockpile, proof of mistakes that she’d stuffed into a corner of her bedroom.  I suppose she thought somehow that it’d eventually disappear or I’d just never notice.

But she underestimates a mom’s ability to discover truth (she never did figure out those two eyes in the back of my head)….so we stand there in that corner confronting the reality.

She had done something wrong and I had proof.lamentations3

But instead of bringing all that trouble straight to my feet and asking for help, she’d hidden it away and hoped I wouldn’t notice.

I tell her I’m disappointed, tell her I expected better, tell her she needs to overcome.

But then, when she’s tearful and we’ve retreated to the sofa, we pray for God’s help.

I hope she’s really listening, deep-down-take-this-to-heart listening, because I don’t want the words to just shoot through her before pushing their impression down into the soft clay of her heart.

When you’re in trouble, when you mess up, when you’re hurt, when something is wrong….

come

to

me.

Yes, your first impulse will be to run and hide, no different than Adam and Eve crouching among the garden leaves.

Yes, I’ll be sad at first.  Yes, I’ll be disappointed.  Yes, we’ll have to deal with it and that might be messy and hard and it seems easier in the moment to just avoid that pain.

I understand this.  Haven’t I stashed sin before, as well, desperately hoping that no one would notice—that HE wouldn’t notice?  I’ve been Eve in that Garden before, too, and I know how it feels to hold my breath and hope that God walks on by.

But God picked me to be your mom and that means sticking with you and helping you learn and overcome  That means loving you right on through the tough times.

Mary Kassian tells me:

When we face trouble, we are to pour out our hearts to him.  Everybody trusts something; we must learn to trust the Lord, our eternal rock (In My Father’s House).

Trust.

Is that what this is about?

If she trusted me enough to love her through anything, wouldn’t she come to me even when she’s done something wrong because she knew I’d help her?

If I trust His love that much, wouldn’t I run breathlessly to His feet, just run, no looking back, no hesitation, because He is the only One who can handle the mess I’ve made?

Yes, He’ll be disappointed.

Yes, He’ll be sad.

But what hurts His Father-heart most of all is when we trust in ourselves, trust in others, trust in programs, trust in Google searches and advice columns and friends and substances and self-help books, but we don’t trust Him.

The Israelites in that wilderness fretted over destination, clothing, enemies, food, water.  They whined.  They strategized.  They rebelled.  They wheeled and dealed.

The Psalmist writes

they did not believe God
    or trust him to care for them (Psalm 78:22 NLT).

Troubles rose up, maybe even just minor annoyances like dietary preferences, and they never did just learn to run to God right away.

He was angry.  The Psalm says, “When the Lord heard them, he was furious” (Psalm 78:21 NLT).

BUT

He still loved them.  And even when they abandoned Him time after relentless time, He always stayed faithful.

God’s love for them, His love for us, isn’t feeling love, temporary love, conditional love.  The Hebrew word that Scripture uses over and over is “Chesed”—it’s the loyal, steadfast, covenant mercy and love God has for His people.

They didn’t trust Him, didn’t bring their troubles to Him and they messed it up over and over and over, but He still went on caring for them abundantly, miraculously, faithfully.

He rained down manna for them to eat;
    he gave them bread from heaven.
They ate the food of angels!
    God gave them all they could hold. Psalm 78:24-25

He rained down meat as thick as dust—
    birds as plentiful as the sand on the seashore!  Psalm 78:27

So, I rest there with my daughter, my arms wrapped all the way around her and I say it one last time:

Come to me.  Do not hide away or lie or run.  Bring it all to me.

And I hear God rustling the leaves in my life, calling to me just as He did Adam and Eve, asking me to trust Him enough to bring everything, bring the sin, the mess, the worry, the fear, the troubles big and small, bring it all to Him.

Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader.  Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness.  Her book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, is available now!  To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.

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