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“…thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.” ~Ps. 36:5b
“But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.” ~Ps. 89:24
“Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.” ~Ps. 89:33
“…thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.” ~Ps. 119:75
“…in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.” Ps 143:1b
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23
We serve a faithful God. He is not only good, holy, and sovereign, but he carries the characteristic that defines the most committed parent, the most joyful bridegroom, the most loyal friend. Faithfulness: it brings to mind someone you can intimately share your heart with. It describes a relationship that goodness, holiness, and sovereignty cannot create. Amidst all the attributes of God, perhaps one of the most comforting is His fatherly faithfulness to his children.
The Biblical Definition for Faithfulness is “a firm foundation; a place of security or stability; the source of truth; one who verifies the truth; moral faithfulness; exact accuracy.” It describes the duties and responsibilities given to a parent, fulfilled with perfection by the Almighty God. While “goodness” is simply “looking out for our welfare, giving joy, and causing things to go well for us,” faithfulness is a promise of protection, a place to run to, a foundation to build on.
Thomas Chisholm, in a letter to a friend, wrote: “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing car, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.” Despite his poor health, and being forced to step down from the ministry, Mr. Chisholm later penned the words to “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” evidence of his grateful heart towards the Lord:
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not:
As Thou has been, Thou forever wilt be.
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars, in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin, and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow -
Blessings all mine, with then thousand beside!
We serve not just the Almighty God, but the Father of all nations. He will not change, and His compassions will not fail. They cannot, for He is perfect. As He has been in the past, He always will be! Even nature is a witness of his faithfulness, mercy, and love. He offers pardon for sin, and peace that passes understanding. His presence, He gives in the night to guide you, to cheer you, to give hope. He promises strength for today, and hope for tomorrow, and blesses abundantly every day.
Still, do you find it hard to trust Him? Do you have second thoughts when things get hard…and perhaps wonder if your life is safe in His hands? Weeks ago, he proved himself to you in supernatural ways, but now that is past, and there is a new darkness. Will he come through yet this time? Oswald Chambers wisely said, “It takes the valley of humiliation to root the skepticism out of us. Look back at your own experiences, and you will find that until you learned Who Jesus was, you were a cunning skeptic about His power. When you were on the mount, you could believe anything, but what about the time when you were up against facts in the valley? The last time you were on the mount with God, you saw that all power in heaven and in earth belonged to Jesus – will you be skeptical now in the valley?“
May this be our prayer to the faithful God we are priviledged to have a relationship with: “In the morning sunrise, I behold your glory! All creation sings Your majesty and praise! I come before You resting in Your presence. My maker and redeemer, You’re the keeper of my days, and You are faithful to supply my needs! You are faithful, to give me joy abundantly. You are faithful to calm the storms of life for me! In the darkness of the night my heart is peaceful as I’m resting in the shadow of Your wings. For you alone can fill my deepest longing – You’re the imminent Omega, my Jehovah and my King, and You are faithful. I know that You’re all I need!”
Believe His Faithfulness!