The Psalms: Faithfulness
"I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them." Psalm 34:4-7
When you read through the Psalms, you'll notice there's an undeniable sense of faithfulness. I'm not talking about the faith of the various Psalmists (though at times their faith is truly admirable), rather I am referring to the unwavering and life-giving faithfulness of God. Whatever is going on in our minds, our lives, our families, and the world around us, we can trust that God will remain faithful.
Have you ever felt so overwhelmed that you weren't even sure what the problem was or how to begin making it better? You're juggling too much. Anxiety, anger, and guilt are running high. There seems to be no end in sight. You think you're a mess and there's no way to get your life cleaned up. I've been there. It's an all too familiar place. But in that place, what has helped me find my way, just like the Psalmist, is trusting in the Lord's faithfulness. When you call out to Him, the Lord will hear you. When you are in trouble, He will save you. When you have given your heart and your life to Jesus, He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). You serve a faithful and merciful God.
God won't make a mistake or let you down. He is always faithful. It is part of His character and nature to be faithful, and this will never change (can I get a hallelujah?!). The Bible promises that He wants abundance for you and that He will make you radiant. When you're circumstances are dire, He is faithful. When you're facing the hardest and darkest moments, He is faithful. There are situations you may find yourself in that are so desperate that God's faithfulness is truly the only hope you have. Start there. Rest in the hopeful promise that He is there with you and will bring restoration and redemption to your life.
The Lord knows what you are going through. He understands the struggles you are enduring. What we learn from the Psalms is that God goes to battle on our behalf. There is no mountain too big for Him. There is no crisis that deters Him from remaining faithful. When you've done it His way and followed His path, but life still stings, don't lose hope. Remember, He is faithful. Faithful to love you. Faithful to provide for you. Faithful to heal you. Faithful to hear your cries and deliver you. Faithful and good in every way possible.
This Week’s Reading Plan
As you read the following passages this week, ask yourself these questions:
1) What verse comforts me that I can commit to memory?
2) What word or phrase stands out?
3) What am I learning about God from this? 4) How can I apply this to my life today?
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Author: Pamela Palmer
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