Discover His heart: He is righteousness, justice, unfailing love and truth. He is entirely faithful
@ Psalm 89
“For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord? What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord?…O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord? You are entirely faithful.” (6,8) When I read these words of praise to the Lord, I can’t help but join with the writer in worship to God, “You are entirely faithful!”
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants.” (14) No other ruler, king or president, including God’s favored David, has ever ruled or will ever rule with complete purity and fairness, demonstrated through eternal love and honesty. In His dealing with us, it would be good to remember that these are not attributes that come and go at a whim. No, God IS righteousness, justice, eternal love and truth. He can only be entirely faithful, so why do we sometimes question His actions or fear His deeds?
Perhaps we waiver when we read something like verses 3-4, “The Lord said, ‘I have made a covenant with David, my chosen servant. I have sworn this oath to him: I will establish your descendants as kings forever; they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.’” Yet, we know that the rule of David’s descendants did come to an end and Israel was swallowed up by Babylon.
Just like most of God’s promises, this one includes the if clause, “But if his descendants forsake my instructions and fail to obey my regulations… then I will punish their sin with the rod…But I will never stop loving him nor fail to keep my promise to him. I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie: His dynasty will go on forever.” (30-36) David’s descendants strayed from the example set by their forefather, committing despicable sins against God. Because He is Justice, He punished them, but He did not break His covenant with David.
Enter the eternal King, the everlasting ruler, Jesus Christ. “The Good News is about His Son. In His earthly life He was born into King David’s family line, and He was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:3-4) God cannot lie. He is entirely faithful.
We may find ourselves living short of what we feel He has promised in His Word. Whether this is the result of sin for which we have repented, the deeds of another or reasons we don’t understand, God wants us to realize that He will never stop loving us or fail to keep His promise to us.
I have a friend who has suffered endless illnesses over several years, and the family has been without employment for quite some time due to no fault of their own. Most would think life looked pretty bleak for her, but nothing could be further from the truth. Believing this moment is but a blip on the screen of eternity, she knows God loves her, and He is faithful to His promise of abundant life (John 10:10) because of her intentional relationship with Him. He is her Savior, and she knows that He will be faithful to His promise of eternal life (John 3:16). She gets it! God cannot lie. He is entirely faithful!
Moving Forward: I will not be swayed by the temporary challenges of life that may come. I am convinced that He loves me, He cannot lie and He is entirely faithful.
Tomorrow @ Proverbs 13