“For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.” “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” “If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” Psalm 26:3; Lamentations 3:22-23; 2 Timothy 2:13
I noticed this morning the distinction between my faithfulness and God’s, as the psalmist’s commitment is to walk in that of the Lord, not his own. What does it mean to walk in God’s faithfulness? It means taking each step trusting His fidelity, not my own; walking in His keeping power, His steadfast love, His perseverance, His unchanging character, His constancy. It is not so much a determination to be and remain faithful myself, committed to a steady walk with Him, as it is to recognize and depend moment by moment on God’s faithfulness to me, to give light to my path, strength to my feet, clear vision to my mind, purpose to my ways. It is taking strides each day with growing faith, in freedom won for me on the cross, abundance of peace and joy He provides, and gladness that comes with knowing my Redeemer as my friend. (John 10:10; 15:14; 16:33; Psalm 16:11
“For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” Psalm 108:4
There is something beautiful and greatly alluring about the unchanging character of my God. No matter my waffling in trust, my flakiness in behavior, my weak resolves and regretted words, He does not change, and He is good through and through. I count on my God this day, and every day, that He will be true to His character, He will keep His word, He will not fail me nor leave me, He will fulfill all He has determined for me. His word will be a lamp unto my feet, He will keep me from stumbling and provide the way out from temptation, He will guard my path. His faithfulness undergirds the way I think about myself and all I do with a sure foundation, an unshakeable hope, a significant purpose. If in Him I live and move and have my being, in Him I can surely walk anywhere with confidence and joy. (Joshua 23:14; Psalm 119:105; Jeremiah 29:11; Luke 24:44; Acts 17:28; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 13:5; Jude 1:24)
What field ripe for harvest, what request for counsel or help, what new challenge, what work has God put before me? If I step forward in His immeasurable faithfulness, I can trust that He Who calls me is faithful and will do it. This gives expectancy and zeal for opportunities He brings, and an excitement to look for them. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
Lord, remind me that wherever I go, wherever You take me, it is in Your faithfulness that I walk. Keep me dedicated to doing just that, secure in You and with Your unchanging nature and glory in mind.