God is Faithful Despite Our Unfaithfulness
by Carmen Harb
March 16, Monday – Psalms 89:1-18, 89:19-52; Jeremiah 16:10-21, Romans 7:1-12 John 6:1-15
In Psalm 89, we learn so much about the faithfulness of God. The words “Your Faithfulness,” or “My faithfulness” are repeated six times throughout this Psalm. As believers, we can wear this blessed thought. Knowing without doubt that our God will fulfill what he has promised. “Strong is Your hand…righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; Mercy and truth go before your face. Blessed are the people who know this joyful sound.” These aspects of God’s character are the foundation of His royal throne, they point us to the manner in which He rules.
Interestingly in Psalm 89, we repeatedly see God’s faithfulness, but also see man’s unfaithfulness. In our fallen state, we quickly forsake our God when things do not go our way, when we chose to follow worldly and fleshly desires, and when we worship idols. In Jeremiah 16:10 we read, “Because your fathers have forsaken Me, says the Lord; ‘they have walked after other gods…each one follows after the dictates of his own evil heart.” Despite Israel’s unfaithfulness, we see that God fulfills His promise, preserves His remnant and restores Israel, “I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.” Also, Psalm 89:30-33 states: “If my sons forsake My law And do not walk in My judgments…Then I will punish their transgression with the rod,… Nevertheless My loving kindness I will not utterly take from him, NOR ALLOW MY FAITHFULNESS TO FAIL.” This is an amazing promise in light of Israel’s continual disobedience; God would never break faith with them. God’s faithfulness was proven when the Messiah came from David’s royal line.
Dear reader, we have been unfaithful to our beloved Savior. We have followed after other loves, we have been carnally minded, and we have been disobedient. But He will never allow His faithfulness to fail. During this season of lent, let us strive to be faithful to the One whose faithfulness never fails.
“Unfaithful to your wounds, O Jesus! Forgive us, and let’s not sin again! How shameful to be unfaithful to Him who never forgets us, but who this day stands with our names etched on His breastplate before the eternal throne.” Charles Spurgeon
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