“I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations. For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever; in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.” Psalm 89:1-2 (ESV)
Today we look again at a psalm the people of Israel sang to express their feelings of devotion and thanksgiving to God. The Covenant God made with David is the focus of this Psalm. It is not attributed to David but to Ethan the Ezrahite who was a Levitical singer (1 Chronicles 6:42). Ethan’s wholehearted belief that God is faithful was the basis for his appealing to the Lord in his dilemma. As we think of God’s love for us we too can be inspired to sing with real joy. When we remember how faithful God has been to us, always keeping His promises we can be inspired to share that with others. This is what and how the psalmists shared God’s faithfulness with their mouth. This is how we too do so when we sing praises, spiritual songs, and hymns. God’s love and His faithfulness are not just temporal but they are eternal and have always been and will always be. Those of us who believe and have received God’s gift of salvation know the blessing of singing about it and the promise that we will continue singing the praises to God in heaven.
“The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8 (NASB)
Each day we look at a verse or two in our Bible and we consider the promises from God that we find there. We know that when God promises He will absolutely keep that promise. David is affirming his belief in this in today’s verse. Promise number one is that our Lord God will, in all ways, accomplish what concerns each of us each day because he is involved in our lives. Other versions say that the Lord will “fulfill His purpose” or, that “He will vindicate”. God’s work is our salvation and growth in the Holy Spirit. A second promise is that God’s love is steadfast and endures forever and it is out of His everlasting lovingkindness to us. The last promise David declares is his confirmation plea to God to not forsake or abandon His work. David knows, and so can we, that God will never forsake us and He will never abandon His work in our lives. We have assurance of that certainty. Let’s affirm these promises today. God is at work and He will accomplish what He intends to do.
“Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:22 (ESV)
The last verse in Psalm 33 is a short prayer. This is really a prayer of faith. When we think of God’s love as enduring and never failing, that is faith. We believe that God loves us and always will. The “steadfast love” can also be rendered as “unfailing love” and we can believe that God loves us and always will. Our verse also mentions our hope and of course that is not wishful thinking, it is expectation. When we expect God to show us His love that is also faith. So, in faith, let’s expect God to demonstrate his steadfast love to us. And, let’s expect it to be not a once in a while experience but a lasting all time experience. That’s what it means to have God’s love resting upon us all the time. God’s love is with us all the time, that is a promise God has given to us and we can trust in it with a hope that will not disappoint us – not ever.