July 22, 2009

Great Is Your Faithfulness

Psalm 89:1-8

Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? … Your faithfulness surrounds you.
Psalm 89:8


God’s faithfulness can’t be turned on and off. It can’t be removed from him. Faithfulness is part of God’s nature, as we saw yesterday, and our reading for today says that God’s faithfulness “surrounds” him.

Psalm 89 states that God’s love “stands firm for-ever,” and God is mighty. These attributes together are closely connected with faithfulness. God’s love compels him to be faithful toward us, and God’s might enables him to overcome any obstacle that stands in the way of that faithfulness.

Today’s psalm tells us that God expressed his powerful faithfulness in a covenant with King David. God swore an oath to David that his line would be established forever and his throne would be made firm through all generations (see 2 Samuel 7). God faithfully kept that promise in Jesus Christ and now, through him, God also keeps that promise to us.

Paul expressed God’s invincible faithfulness in these words: “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). Nothing can tear us away from our Lord who stands faithful guard over our lives (John 10:28-29).

O God, we praise you for your faithfulness! Thank you that your mercies are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness to us in Christ! In his name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Shawn Brix

Rev. Shawn Brix has served as pastor in several Ontario churches. He and his wife, Jenny, have three children.

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