Psalm 71:22 NKJV – God is faithful

Also with the lute I will praise You—And Your faithfulness, O my God! To You I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.

“There is never more hope established, never more joy and thanksgiving enlarged than in the understanding that God is faithful.” (Matthew Henry) David wrote this psalm in the ecstasy of exuberant praise. With a lute and a harp, David acknowledges God and raises his heart to bless Him.

The dictionary defines “Faithful” as a “true and trustworthy performance of duty, the fulfillment of promises or obligations. Worthy of belief or confidence.” Now, I look at this definition with a point of view that others may not have. God is not a performer and it’s not His duty to accomplish anything to prove Himself. God simply is and His grace is sufficient. Just look around you. God spoke and it was created. God is worthy of my belief and my confidence resides in Him. For all things.

However, there was a time when my understanding of faithfulness rested in my belief of myself and others. But I was gravely wrong. I had been let down, lied to, betrayed, cursed, kicked around, and every other thing you could think of. To the point where I decided that I could only trust myself and no one else. I began to create a world that I thought was great but found I couldn’t even live in it. If I decided to do something that I was sure I would succeed in and failed in it, I would just embark on another effort to cover my failure. I always thought that I was one step ahead of everyone else; even myself. But I was deceived. I lied, cheated, schemed, and hustled so that I could feel on top. Sometimes it worked; most times it did not. I was not faithful; to others or to myself. I had no one to look towards who was faithful in all things.

Then Jesus entered my life. I read about His faithfulness in His Word and began to hear about His faithfulness in church. But it took me a while before I could fully believe and understand His faithfulness. The change began to occur in me when I began to endeavor to live a life of prayer. I wanted more than what I read and what I heard. If God was going to be what He said He would be for me, I wanted a relationship. I wanted to talk with Him. I wanted to hear Him. So I began to pray. I prayed for understanding. I prayed for my needs. I prayed for others. And I began to see God move. I began to see His response. I began to hear His voice. I began to understand.

Again, this is worth repeating. “There is never more hope established, never more joy and thanksgiving enlarged than in the understanding that God is faithful.” Will I dance before the Lord in response to His faithfulness? I have. Will I shout His name above all other names? I have. Will I tell the world that Jesus is King and that you can count on Him and His faithfulness? I have. Set yourself on a journey in prayer. God will respond. Join me as I thought about God’s faithfulness the other day and said, “All I can say is Oh my, Thank You.”

Heavenly Lord, I thank You that You are faithful. I thank You that I don’t have to place my faith or trust in anyone else. I can fully place my trust and my faith in You. You are my life, my strength, and my hope. Forgive me when those times come when I place my trust in this world and fail to remember all that You have taught me. May all of my days be filled with praise to You as David did. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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