“I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations…
“Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
O LORD God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them…
The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
who exult in your name all the day
and in your righteousness are exalted.
For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
For our shield belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.” Psalm 89:1,5-9,11-18
When we consider the great covenant LORD, His faithfulness abounds, and is all around what we observe in His creation and deeds. It is the hallmark and watermark of His world. We see, we marvel, we begin to sing and cannot stop. Where might this song of faithfulness reach?
We see His order, how do we implement such? We are held in His love, will we extend it? Secure in His constant keeping, do we rest peacefully in it? Beholding His power and might, will we fight the enemy with Him, and stand firm? Confident in His rule, do we submit to it? We observe the foundation His word has established, do we remain unshaken by shifting sands of culture? Beholding His light, do we walk in it? (Psalm 119:105)
“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 hast 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 ten thousand beside!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed thy hand hath provided.
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!” ~Thomas O. Chisolm (1923)
God’s faithfulness is ever with us as our Rock. It extends to the heavens, envelops our hearts and minds, and never fails. By it we have peace, hope, and joy for each day. (Psalm 36:5; 89:24-26,33; Lamentations 3:22-24)
Father, in light of your faithfulness to me, fix firm my faithfulness to You. May I be unshaken in trust and unceasing in praise, for You are worthy of both, forever.