Archive for June, 2011

I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness

June 29, 2011

Wow is all I have to say this morning. Because the computer had reset because of the lightning, I had to perform another word search for faithfulness. There were new verses that were presented or at least I do not recall seeing them over the past twenty plus days. As you know, faithfulness is the attribute of God that we have explored this month. All I have to say is that I have been significantly challenged in the face of my sin during this month. There are super poignant sinful moments that have been highlighted to contrast my unfaithfulness to God’s faithfulness. Today’s verse does not relent.  Our text for today is Hosea 2:19-21.

If you have never read Hosea before, one of the primary themes will shock you, and again, emphasize the faithfulness of God in the face of our unfaithfulness. In a very simplified sense, God tells the prophet Hosea to marry Gomer who is/becomes a prostitute.  After leaving Hosea to go give herself to other men in harlotry, God tells Hosea to go get her and reestablish their martial relationship.  Undoubtedly, this would be a hard thing to do for the man of God, but God does this to demonstrate our unfaithfulness and His faithfulness.  Gomer is symbolic of us who did not deserve such a distinguished husband, Hosea who is symbolic of God.  Like Gomer, we leave God to go prostitute ourselves after ideas, people, things and ourselves. Hosea, like God, comes to get us even after our unfaithfulness. This chapter and book addresses Israel’s sin, judgment and restoration. Hosea 2 unfolds like this:

Israel’s Sin: verses 2-5
Charges Against Israel 2-3
Israel attempts to justify sin 4-5

God’s Judgment: 6-13
God’s means to draw Israel back to Him 6-8
God’s punishment for Israel 9-13

God’s Restoration of Israel: 14-23
Restoration of abundance and joy 14-15
Restoration of relationship with God 16-20
Restoration of blessings 21-23

Our primary text today falls under the restoration section.  Israel’s restoration is tantamount to the blessing afforded to the believer who trusts in Christ’s atonement for sin.

Hosea 2:19-21

19 I will betroth you to me forever;
I will betroth you in righteousness and justice,
in love and compassion.
20 I will betroth you in faithfulness, 
   and you will acknowledge the LORD.
21 “In that day I will respond,”
declares the LORD—
“I will respond to the skies,
and they will respond to the earth;

The word betroth essential means that I am committed to marriage.  God is saying that He will marry us, the unfaithful prostitute. He says that we will acknowledge Him. When we have wrong someone, we are powerless to make it right. The person has to take the steps to forgive and restore the relationship. Through Christ, that is exactly what God has done. Romans 5:6-8 expresses it like this “6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God is faithful even when we are not.  Unfortunately, I have too many circumstances that attest to my unfaithfulness.  However, God’s grace is sufficient for me.  While there are dire consequences, God will keep me for Himself.

He is the Rock…. A faithful God who does no wrong

June 28, 2011

Again, here is another post from Today in the Word.  He is the Rock…. A faithful God who does no wrong. – Deuteronomy 32:4

Deuteronomy 32:1-9

Colonial leader William Penn was determined to deal with the American Indians in his region as equals, taking no land without their consent. At the treaty ceremony with the Delaware nation on June 23, 1683, Penn said: “”We are met on the path of mutual respect and fair dealing. No advantage will be taken on either side, but there shall be openness and love….We are as if one man’s body were divided into two parts.””

The Delaware leaders answered: “”While the sun shines and the river runs, we will keep peace with William Penn and his children.””

It’s refreshing to read about a human pact based on honesty, trust, and even love. No wonder the peace that was secured that day lasted seventy-five years! Examples of this kind of faithfulness between individuals and nations are all too rare in history.

But when we consider the way God has dealt with His creation, the record reveals unbroken faithfulness. Near the end of his life, as he spoke to a nation poised on the edge of the Promised Land, Moses had a message he wanted to burn into the Israelites’ hearts.

The theme of this address was straightforward. “”God has been faithful to Israel. If we will obey and serve Him, He will continue to bless and protect us. If we disobey and dishonor Him, we will face His judgment.””

Moses put his message in the form of a song (see 31:30) that called on heaven and earth to acknowledge his testimony. Then Israel’s liberator gave a stirring tribute to Israel’s faithful God.

This is the first of several passages we will encounter this month that either feature someone praising God for His faithfulness, or urge us to do so ourselves. If your heart is so full of gratitude to God that you don’t think you can contain it any longer, you don’t have to! Share what you know. Introduce someone else to the God who keeps His Word and will “”save completely”” anyone who comes to Him through Christ (Heb. 7:25).

Moses was full of praise to the God who can do no wrong, whose dealings with us are always perfect and just (vv. 3-4). God is faithful to Israel; He will be faithful to you.

Did you notice Moses’ word of warning to the people in light of God’s faithfulness (vv. 5-6)?

What a timely word to our country, our neighbors, and all the nations of the world. To paraphrase Moses, acting unfaithfully toward God by allowing sin and corruption to flourish is a poor way to repay God for His goodness. Today, let’s pray that God will forgive our unfaithfulness and give nations around the world a new reverence for His holiness and a renewed sense of the awfulness of sin.

He was faithful to the one who appointed him

June 26, 2011

If you have been following this month, you know we have been investigating faithfulness as one of God’s characteristics.  On the first day of June, I overslept which precluded me from posting that day.  How apropos was that to contrast the character of God with the character of mankind.  Consistent with that fact, I have been confronted all month by my unfaithfulness to God and everyone else.  When we look at our sin, it is very troubling.  It disturbs my soul that I know what to do, but I don’t do it.  Again, this shows the contrast in a holy God and an unholy man.  In our text (Hebrews 3:1-6) today, the difference between God and man could not be any clearer.

Listen to the clarity of the distinction:

1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.

The Word says the Jesus was faithful to the one who appointed him (crf Luke 10:42, Acts 17:31). Who was it that appointed Jesus to service?  It was God the Father.  Like Jesus, we too have been appointed into service for God by God. The difference is that Jesus was faithful to God the Father even when it hurt.  We are not.  That is convicting even as I am writing at this very moment.  There are so many ways that I am unfaithful to God. It hurts Him, my witness and those who love me.  Again, the contrast in appointees regarding faithfulness is staunch.

We are unfaithful because of our penchant to sin, to fear, to disbelief.  Looking at my own life, it fear that is prompted by the sin of disbelief that promotes sin in my life.  It is the lack of faith and trust in the Father that causes me to take matters into my own hands.  My hands have not formed anything; yet, I challenge the one who has formed everything in perfect knowledge and understanding.  Despite that, I, as I am sure some of you too, fail to be faithful to the one who appointed me. While I know that there are consequences, ultimately, I am grateful for heavenly forgiveness.

Christ was faithful to Jehovah who appointed Him.  We are unfaithful.  Acts 3:19-21 says, “19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”

G.I.A.: God Is Able

June 24, 2011

There are all kinds of government agents whose purpose is to provideprotect and preserve the interest of the entity for which they serve. Those agents wear jackets, have badges and titles that are acronyms. Among a wealth of agencies, we know that is true for true for the DEA, FBI, and CIA. The Almighty God is His own agency. He has enlisted servicemen/women along the way. During this month, we have explored how God/Christ has demonstrated faithfulness in fulfilling His promises in His Word made to His people. Today, we will explore another example of God’s faithfulness; however, you will only find one part of this example in His Word. That part is the verse Ephesians 3:20-21 which says “20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

This example of God’s faithfulness is particularly special as it was a promise made to me sealed with scripture.  People often ask how do you know God is speaking to you.  When the words that I think are from God are tied to or connect with the Word of God in the meaning of its original context.  Since that is the case, I want to provide the context of Ephesians 3:2o-21.  Here is the passage:

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

We see the the Apostle Paul was praying for believers.  He was praying that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith; they may have power to know the dimension of God’s love, and they may be filled with the fullness of God.  In this context, it is all about the people of God knowing God – that is through faith to know the love and character of God.  As I stated, Ephesians 3:20-21 is my story.  Let me share how God Is Able was realized by me.

Have you ever been in a situation where it was clear that you were not in control, where you were powerless to work the situation out? This is the essence of agent G.I.A.  I will make every effort to be as brief as possible. This promise/story started almost ten years ago but culminated 9 years ago on this very date. More than 15 years ago, my wife and I began attempting to have children.  Year after year, there were no conceptions all while seemingly every one around us continued to conceive and deliver year after year.  What was even more ironic was that I worked with kids everyday; yet, I could not have any of my own seed. We continued to try.

By the fifth year, it appeared that having children of our own seed may not have been in the plans of God.  We began fertility examinations to see if either or both of us were infertile. Since it was easier for me to be tested, I had my test first.  It came back fine.  She was scheduled to have her test. In the interim, what was longed for finally occurred. She was pregnant. We were so happy. Like with so many other, our happiness was short-lived. My wife miscarried right before the first trimester. Needless to say we were disappointed. My wife was hurt, but she stood in the power and strength of the Lord. Several months later, much to our surprise, she was pregnant again. This time we took many more precautions. We wanted to do everything we could to protect and preserve this life that God had provided. Days and months passed. Yes, we had made it past that vaunted first trimester. We were jubilant. Days continued to go by until one dark night where I was awakened by screams that I will never forget. It had happened again even after passing the supposed safety marker: the first trimester. The pain of the second miscarriage within six months was bad enough, but after experiencing birth pains dictated by medical procedure, it was too much so we thought.

We continued to believe in the Lord, but my wife was discouraged. Despite the lag of emotions, we were convinced that God loved us and that God was good. A month later, I came out of church excited about news I had heard from God, but my wife said that she had not gotten that news. I could understand her reservations of hope, but like those who carried the paralytic in Mark 2, it was my time to carry my wife in faith.

On July 8, 2001, I was teaching Sunday School to a group of kids at my church. The lesson, ironically, was on how to hear from the Lord with 1 Samuel 3 serving as the text for that lesson. The student’s asked me, “Mr. Darron, how do you know God is speaking to you?” I gave them the standard answer that God speaks to you through His Word, His Spirit, people and circumstances. Like kids, they said, “Uhn”  Immediately, God told me to take them outside to listen to sounds and write them on their mental note pad. I asked God how was that going to help. He said,”that gets them in the habit of being quiet before me to hear me.” God was trying to get me outside. We went outside as God said. As we were sitting on the wall on the sidewalk, the Holloway family drove up.  Both of their kids were in my class at the time. Their daughter got out of the car on the side-walk; their son got out on the left side in the street. He had to walk around the car. When he did, I looked at him. That’s when it happened. That’s when the acronym was given to me. 

As soon as I looked at him, I saw what seemed like three big letters: a big G, a big I and a big A. On his t-shirt was the message that God said to me,”Darron, I am able. I am able to let your wife get pregnant, and when she does, name the child G.I.A.” He went on to say, “Whether your daughter chooses me or not, she will have a constant reminder that I am able. It will be a remembrance to you that I am able, and it will be a testimony to everyone who asks you why you named her GIA.”

On June 24, 2002, my daughter, G.I.A., was born.  Today is her birthday, but it is also a reminder to me that God is faithful. He was faithful to His promise to birth her. He has been gracious in allowing all of us to live to see her arrive at this age. For 3,285 days since her birth, God has been faithful. Whether she was here or not, God always has and always will be faithful.  Mrs. Holloway made us a pillow from her son’s t-shirt as a testament to God’s faithfulness. Likewise God gave me a personal example of His faithfulness in so many ways with the birth of my daughter. I know that there is a circumstance in your life that reveals you aren’t in control, but God is.  Trust Him.  God Is Able.  HALLELUJAH AMEN!!!

Not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed

June 23, 2011

In the post In my faithfulness, I will reward them, I submitted a verse from  Revelation 22 where Jesus says, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”  Today, I will stay on that same idea of Jesus coming again as a further extension of God’s faithfulness.  In our text today, John 14:1-6, we see Jesus making a promise to his disciples about coming back to get them. Again, it is an extension of the covenant that God promised to Abram in Genesis 12 and reiterated in Genesis 15.

John 14

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

The following is from Today in the Word:

The horrors of the cross still awaited Jesus, and the disciples were devastated by what must have seemed like sudden news–even though Jesus had been prophesying His death for many weeks.

The Lord was sympathetic to the anguish of His closest followers. His words of reassurance in John 14 are another classic example of God’s faithfulness to His Word and His people. Far from abandoning His disciples, Jesus promised them a home with Him in heaven, forever, and personally guaranteed His return to take them there.

If we had no other promise of heaven in the Bible but these few verses, we would have enough. Jesus founded the promise of heaven on the character of both His Father and Himself. The disciples had come to trust Jesus, although their faith was still partially formed. They knew every word He had spoken to them was the truth.

So when Jesus said He would come back for His own and take them to be with Him in the Father’s house, the disciples had a word of assurance and hope that nothing could shake.

We are holding on to that same promise today. As followers of Jesus Christ, we too can be certain that He is preparing a place where we will be with Him. Joshua could say at the end of his life that not one of God’s promises had ever failed (Joshua 23:14). That’s a record of faithfulness you can rejoice in this Thanksgiving.

Joshua’s statement to Israel, which was part of his farewell address, is worth quoting and remembering today. This great leader said: “”You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed”” (Joshua 23:14). We encourage you to memorize this powerful verse today. If it helps, write it on a card to carry with you for reference.

In my faithfulness, I will reward them.

June 22, 2011

I have blogged before about rewards. In the post, I am your Very Great Reward, I listed several reward campaigns designed to get people to try or to continue using various companies products or services.  I also showed how God connected the notion of rewards with His followers.  God said that He is the believer’s shield, and He is our very great reward ( Genesis 15:1). In our text for today Isaiah 61:8-9, reward surfaces again as God highlights how he serves in truth, that is faithfulness.  Listen to what God says:

8 “For I, the LORD, love justice;
I hate robbery and iniquity.
In my faithfulness I will reward them
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”

At the time of the text, all of the acts that God points to are in the future.  Again, God is prophesying, promising what He will do.  During a conversation this week with my wife, she talked about how one’s character can be seen in his/her response or reaction.  Notice what and how God says He will respond/react to His people. He says “In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.”  Once more, God is emphasizing how He works – faithfully. The Hebrew word for faithfulness in this verse is ’emethIt means firmness, faithfulness, truth a) sureness, reliability b) stability, continuance c) faithfulness, reliableness d) truth. No matter how we slice it, God is saying be sure that I will do what I said I will do.

What will He do?  Reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.  This everlasting covenant is an extension of the covenant that God promised to Abram in Genesis 12 and reiterated in Genesis 15. We see that God is consistent and does not change. We see that God is faithful to what He has said He will do.  Our reward is God Himself.  We all are looking for someone to be faithful/true to his/her word.  God is the only one who will keep His Word without fail.  If you are looking to a man, a woman or child to be faithful, you will be disappointed at some point.  We, being imperfect, are incapable of living up to that standard.  That fact evidences our need for a faithful God to provide us with one who will atone for our sins which is exactly what God said to Abram in Genesis 15:4.  For those who trust in the Word of God, Christ is our reward. In Revelation 22 Jesus says, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”

Faithful to Bring Justice

June 20, 2011

We have another prophecy about Christ that identifies faithfulness as an attribute of Christ/God. In Isaiah 42:3, Christ is referenced to be faithful in bringing forth justice. Justice for the sins that man commits.  By now, we know that Jesus is the substitutional recipient of the wrath of God for the sake of man. 1 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. On the cross, Jesus paid the price for us sins.  Willingly, He experienced separation from God, so we might be made right with God and to be united with God.  Our text today is Isaiah 42:1-4.  We know that text is speaking about Jesus because Jesus’ disciple Matthew, in Matthew 12:15-21, quotes Isaiah 42.

 1 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him
and he will bring justice to the nations.
2 He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.
3 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
4 he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
In his law the islands will put their hope.”

For Sunday School yesterday, we talked about the distinction between a true prophet and a false prophet.  I shared with my kids 1 Kings 17 where Elijah pronounced to Ahab that it would not rain for years except at his word.  We see within the first few verses that a drought caused the brook to dry up.  What was prophesied came true.  Likewise, what was prophesied about Jesus came true.  Again, I say that the description of Jesus bringing forth justice in faithfulness reveals once more that Jesus is faithful.  If Jesus is faithful, then God the Father is faithful.

God is faithful.  Meditate on that.

Perfect Faithfulness

June 18, 2011

Okay, I hope that these snippets of God’s character about faithfulness have not become mundane to you.  To me, it is worth highlighting various aspects of God’s faithfulness.  As you know, we have short memories.  We spend years agonizing over things gone awry, but within days, we forget the marvelous blessings that God gives us.  We expect everything to go “right”, and when it doesn’t, it leaves an indelible mark on us.  Our entire perspective is incorrect.  We are always focusing on the outcome of a circumstance which isn’t the primary goal of challenges, hardships or sufferings.  God’s goal is to drive us to dependency on Him while purifying our faith in Him all while bringing glory to Himself.

Despite our knowledge of God’s goal of purifying our faith for His glory, we continue to look to other things. In His mercy and grace, God continues to pursue us sharing His awe-inspiring yet incomprehensible love for us.  Again, I turn to the Word. We see an example of how we should respond to God’s faithfulness in Isaiah 25

 1 O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago.

We are told in Psalm 40:5 that ” 5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.”  The Word goes on to tell us in Ephesians 1:11-12 that “11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” There was a considerable amount of time, more than 2000 years, that passed when the psalmist wrote that God had done many marvelous things planned long ago.  How did God do those things? In perfect faithfulness.  This connotes that it was done right.  In several other versions, perfect faithfulness is translated and faithfulness and truth.  God is credited with doing things faithfully and truthfully.  Long ago when sin entered the world, God had a plan to resolve the sin problem.  God was faithful to bring salvation to those who desperately needed it.

To remind you, faithfulness in Isaiah 25 is the Hebrew word ’emuwnah which means 1) firmness, fidelity, steadfastness, steadiness. God fulfills His Word with firmness, fidelity, steadfastness and steadiness.  No matter how we cut it, God keeps His Word. Because of Jesus Christ, I am saved from the eternal consequences of my sin.  The comfort and confidence we should possess is immeasurable; yet, we quake in unbelief at every little circumstance because we refuse to believe, to trust in firmness, fidelity, steadfastness and steadiness.  God is faithful to keep His Word, and we are unfaithful in keeping ours.  We assert that we love the LORD and trust the LORD, but our actions are contrary to what we say.  If we were just to hang on to this one truth, God is faithful, we would soar above what is commonly perceived as bad situations or circumstances.

As a matter of application today, can we just think of things planned long ago and their truth today.  For example, long ago, this day was orchestrated for me.  Whatever comes to me today, I want to remember that God orchestrated it for me long ago in His perfect faithfulness.  In a little over an hour, I am planning to traveling to Cedine Bible Camp to pick up my daughter, a nephew, a niece and possibly my daughter’s friend who is like a daughter to me.  God has planned this day long ago in perfect faithfulness. Whether seen as good or bad, I want to and I want you to remember that God is working to build and purify our faith for His glory. God is faithful. As we trust in Him, it is impossible for us to lose. Be encouraged.

Faithfulness the sash around his waist

June 17, 2011

There are a wealth of companies that outfit their employees in uniforms to define their brand and to distinguish their company from others. Many schools are requiring their students to wear uniforms.  Many object citing that it stifles their creativity and expression in dress. On the contrary, soldiers in the military exhibit pride in their uniform insuring that they are clean, wrinkle free and adorned with the various ranks and metals that attest to their distinguished service. The Lord Jesus is the epitome of the ultimate solider.  Let’s see what Isaiah 11 prophesied about how Christ would be outfitted.

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of power,
the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.

   He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
5 Righteousness will be his belt 
   and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

We see our word faithfulness again.  It is now a part of Christ’s adornment.  It is similar to the soldiers patches or metals. What is a sash? According to dictionary.com as sash is a piece of ribbon, silk, long band or or scarf worn over the shoulder or around the waist as by military officers as a part of the uniform as a symbol of rank.  It shows how Jesus would distinguish himself in His service to the Father, in keeping His Word.

I am not sure what it will take for us to get the message or to understand that God the Father, God the Son, God the Spirit is faithful.  God will keep His Word not so much to us but to Himself and for Himself.  Keeping His Word substantiates and validates His character.  For Christ to be something other than what was prophesied by one of God’s prophets would deny His immutability.  Since He is immutable, know that His faithfulness will perpetually be around His waist.

The LORD is faithful to all his promises

June 16, 2011

Our text today is Psalm 145:9-17.  A portion of this text was a part of our memory verses at church the past two weeks, so it is really fresh and alive.  I have thought about God’s faithfulness in the context of what is written in verse 13b.  I really want to think about the value of this statement.  Read the text below especially verse 13b.

9 The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All you have made will praise you, O LORD;
your saints will extol you.
11 They will tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
12 so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

   The LORD is faithful to all his promises 
   and loving toward all he has made.
14 The LORD upholds all those who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

 17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways
and loving toward all he has made.

As with all scripture, this text is really rich.  In this case, the richness is very apparent.  We don’t have to delve too far to understand.  The meaning, at least that which is on the surface, is easily perceptible.  “The LORD is faithful to all his promises.”  Not some promises, but all.  Many times we may not understand the promise.  We may not see the fulfillment of the promise in our self-imposed timeline; however, make no mistake about it.  God is faithful to all His promises.  Why is this important? Everything about our faith hinges on who God says He is.  If He is unfaithful, then He is not the truth.  He is a liar.  Nothing of our faith then has any value.  If God were capable of not fulfilling one of His promises, then in faith, He would be capable of not fulfilling any of them at any given time.

Thank God that He maintains and demonstrates that He is faithful to His promises.  Since that is the case, those who claim Christ as Lord and the Father as father must arm themselves with knowledge of His promises. Paul tell us 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20) With this knowledge, we must pursue the promises of God. If you want to lead a life of peace and joy, please know that the LORD is faithful to all His promises.  Trust Him!!!