Friday, April 10, 2015

God's Faithfulness Revisited

I am revisiting the theme of God’s faithfulness, because this crazy world keeps giving me a need to find an unmovable strength.  Again, the Psalms are a wonderful source of God’s faithfulness.

Psalm 92 says, “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, …I sing for joy at the works of your hands.”
God is faithful as the writer continues in Psalm 89. “I will sing of  the Lord’s great love forever, with my mouth I will make you faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that you love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself. .. You are might, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you…Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence O Lord.”

The Sons of Korah write in Psalm 85:10, “Love and faithfulness meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.”  Peace is promised for those who trust in the Lord because of His righteousness and faithfulness to all generations. In fact God’s faithfulness is mentioned 109 times in Scripture.  So how is that relevant?

This morning I headed to the YMCA for my morning swim and “water meditation.” On the way in, I ran into a friend of the Jewish faith with whom I have an ongoing dialogue about life. He was glad to see me, but was facing a couple of tough meetings today. I told him of my morning devotional time in the Psalms concerning God’s faithfulness even in our chaotic world. He listened intently. That is his style as he recently published a book on listening, PeopleAre Dying To Be Heard: A guide to listening for a lifetime of communications. I was communicating a truth or attribute of God to him and he was receiving the blessing of its strength for the journey. 

God admonishes us to share His truths and promises with all we meet in life. It is for our good and His glory. This practice can become a habit for life that builds you and other people up.  Encouraging others of God’s love and faithfulness is a powerful tool in our chest for facing the difficulties of life. He is saying, be faithful for I am faithful. Are you reading, meditating upon and sharing God’s truths and promises so you can be more faithful?


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