The theme of this psalm is the great love of the LORD. You can bring the content of the psalm up to date New Testament-wise by correlating its stanzas with incidents and episodes from the life of Jesus.
God’s steadfast love!
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”
“Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things; let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.”
These are the first and last verses of this psalm. The book-ends. And it is God’s STEADFAST LOVE.
God’s steadfast love saves the people in their trouble, He delivers them from their distress (v6).
Notice too, God’s steadfast love (the subject and theme) can bow hearts that have rebelled against God’s word, He bows their hearts down with hard labor – SO THAT they cry to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivers them from their distress (v11-13).
God’s love is not flaky or without lasting purpose. It is not a whisper of a moment in time.
God’s love is STEADFAST!
His love is such that our stubborn hearts will be broken first that we might cry out to Him for salvation and that He then saves us from our affliction.
This is God’s pattern. Let us pray for our unbelieving family and friends, our neighbours and those we meet throughout the day – That their courage would be melted away in their evil plight, that they would come to their wits end and cry out to the LORD in their trouble!
Because His love is steadfast! Because He delivers us from our distress.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!